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Beethoven: Sonata 23 (Appassionata) Op. 57 in F Minor

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 23 (Appassionata), Op. 57
Sonata 23 (Appassionata) Op. 57  in F Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: F Minor Year: 1805
Level: 8+ Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (1023 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (5715 kB)

A cry of desperation

Beethoven’s Sonata in f minor op. 57 was composed when Beethoven was coming to terms with the fact that he was going deaf, and the frustration that he felt can be heard throughout the piece. After Beethoven’s death, it was given the unofficial title Appassionata, as it is considered one of the most emotionally tempestuous of Beethoven's piano works.

The first movement begins with a slow, mysterious melody, played in unison. But soon the restrained atmosphere gives way to loud, intense outbursts that convey a sense of emotional intensity. Dark and ominous sounds dominate this movement, and a sense of restlessness remains even during the brighter moments.

Things quiet down in the second movement. It is based on a theme in D-flat major, which undergoes a couple of predominantly rhythmic transformations. This movement is much simpler than the first, and is more introspective where the first movement was fiery and intense.

The third movement returns to the emotional intensity of the first movement with a fast, rather chaotic exercise in perpetual motion, and ends with a tumultuous, almost violent coda. The sense of frustration and anger that Beethoven felt when composing this piece will be evident to every player and listener.

Posts in the piano forum about this piece by :

wink Beethoven's "Appassionata"
August 13, 2002, 03:43:02 AM by MzrtMusic

Well, I'm starting work on this sonata, and I was just wondering if anyone had any tips. I really don't want to butcher this piece... As someone said, pieces should be executed, not murdered Tongue Anyway. I'm having a little bit of trouble with some of the voicing, but I really haven't gotten into it that much. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!!



xx beethoven appassionata
February 16, 2004, 03:11:46 PM by rohansahai

      Whose recording of the appassionata you think is the best? I would go for Gilels but i've only heard it in bits and pieces. Anyone got a complete one by him??

xx Help with Appassionata
June 23, 2004, 05:57:01 AM by Antnee

I'm nearing the end of Appassionata (mov 1)
But I need help with some phrasing. This passage is giving me problems...

The part where the thumb hits the B's in the second measure, I need to find a way to get that thumb quiet or, just make the melody sing out a bit more...
What practice methods should I use to help develop this phrasing technique?? Oh, and here is a recording of myself playing through that phrase... What do you think???



xx Beethoven Sonata 23 (Appassionata)
July 21, 2004, 12:42:18 AM by Amorollo

I was wondering what teachers think about teaching Beethoven's Sonata Appassionata (23) to students trying to presue music as a profession. My teacher said that no matter how good it is i would just be laughed at (Im trying out for Juilliard) My current idea for a beethoven sonata is the Op. 110

What do you all think?

xx The "Appassionata" 3rd mvt recording
August 08, 2004, 12:40:31 AM by .COM

Is Vladimir horowitz's recording any good?

I'am currently downloading it.

xx Another recording of the "Appassionata" 3rd mvt
August 08, 2004, 01:26:22 AM by .COM

The recording by Horowitz some how did not work so I cancelled it.

I'am now downloading the recording from O'Connor and was wondering if his recording is any good.

xx question on Beethoven's Appassionata
October 01, 2004, 11:24:32 PM by shoegal

I'm doing a research paper on Beethoven's Appassionata, need to find out when it was first performed? and where? and by who if it's possible. Can anybody help?  Embarrassed

xx beethoven apassionata
February 27, 2005, 06:29:30 PM by ponecorleone

has anyone played or heard beethovens apassionate op 57, how hard is it to learn compared to chopin etudes 10#1 and 10 # 4

xx Beethoven, Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata.
April 26, 2005, 03:41:16 PM by C#minor

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have been a long time reader to this awesome forum.
This time I have a question.
Which pianist you think played this work "Beethoven, Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata" the best in your opinion?
There is one by Brendel, another one by Kempff, both are pretty famous, but I would like to hear what do you think about their performances.

Thanks a lot.


xx appassionata trouble
June 11, 2005, 07:24:37 AM by bekka

Hi all, im new here, but have been reading postings for a while.  I have recently undertaken beethoven's appassionata, probably something of a landmark in any pianists life.  I am having exceeding difficulty with the 5th section (star of bar 64) of the 3rd movement. the tremolo in the lefthand of this section, how should i approach this?... does anyone have any adivce on how to do this at a pace on par with the rest of the movement? 

xx Appassionata - Tempo?
August 30, 2005, 03:41:50 AM by steve jones

Hi all,

Please forgive my noobiness, Im far from an experienced pianist!

I was wondering why the great range of tempo used by various performers with this piece? I have a recording of Gould, and its really quite slow. Yet others literally ripp through those cascading runs at the end.

Are there any standards when playing pieces like this, or is just down to the individual? The reason I ask is that Iv noticed Beethoven comment that his tempos should be adhered to strictly in some of his directions.


Steve J

xx Appassionata
December 29, 2005, 07:00:30 AM by lagin

Tell me if I'm dreaming, but break it to me nicely, ok?  Beethoven's Appassionata - are we talking like impossible to learn after the Pathetique?  How hard is it say compared to the Pathetique being 1 and the Hammerklavier (sp?) being 10?  Where does it fall?

xx Beethoven Appassionata
January 27, 2006, 10:59:48 PM by beanman

I want to learn this piece because i am injuring myself playing ridiculously hard pieces for my experience. is it likely to cause any injuries? i am talking about injuries from difficult stretches in chords and striking the keyboard hard in awkward positions. (not speed in scalic passages)

also , what is bad technique and what is good technique?

xx Beethoven's Appassionata, Andante con moto
March 24, 2006, 03:45:35 AM by Mayla


xx Beethoven - Appassionata
May 17, 2006, 04:44:15 AM by bflatminor24

Hey guys,

I'm a senior at Palo Alto High School. I'm going to be studying pre-law, and piano is my favorite hobby. I don't aim to become a professional. I just love to play.

I have a pretty extensive repertoire right now but I figured I'd post an old recording of mine, just the third movement of Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57. Tell me what you guys think!

Some recent pieces include:
Chopin: Etudes 10/4, 10/12, 25/11
Liszt: Paganini Etude No. 3 in G sharp minor "La Campanella"
         Transcendental Etude No. 4 in D minor "Mazeppa"
         Concert Etude No. 3 in D flat major "Un Sospiro"
Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor
                       Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor
                       Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor
                       Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 4 in E minor
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

If anyone is interested I can post other recordings of Chopin/Liszt/Rachmaninoff/Debussy.

Thanks! Feel free to criticize!


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