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Beethoven: Sonata 32 Op. 111 in C Minor

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas :
Sonata 32, Op. 111
Sonata 32 Op. 111  in C Minor by Beethoven piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1822
Level: 8+ Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (443 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Ruthardt edition (4153 kB)

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xx [VID] Beethoven op 111 (complete)
March 07, 2016, 02:07:36 PM by furiouzpianist


I'm going to start programming this again soon.

xx Beethoven Sonata No. 32, Op. 111 in C minor [VIDEO]
April 26, 2012, 03:31:51 PM by jlh

Here's the first movement..  Elsewhere on my channel is the 2nd movement from a live performance.  I recorded this for a competition audition DVD a couple years ago.  Hope you enjoy!  As always, comments are encouraged.


xx VIDEO Beethoven Sonata in C minor op.111
February 20, 2011, 10:12:28 PM by sjskb

Dear pianostreet members,

do have a listen to my latest live-in-concert recording, with the complete Beethoven op.111. it's definitely far from perfect. This concert is done about two months from the time i started sightreading the sonata.

I do understand that the 2nd movement Adagio is very long, so i do appreciate your patience in watching/listening. Comments and criticisms are most welcome!



xx Beethoven op.111 1st movement
July 10, 2010, 02:38:22 PM by imbetter

There are some imperfections but I figured since I just want advice anyway they weren't worth correcting.

xx Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 32 in C minor, op. 111
December 14, 2009, 05:19:09 AM by furtwaengler

(Here is the higher quality, 192 Kbps:


The lower quality, 80 Kbps is uploaded to the site below.)

Sunday afternoon, February 18, 2007

This written in the form of a blog entry, chronicles my first and only attempt at presenting Beethoven’s op. 111 in recital, a harrowing experience complete with some fantastic mistakes (ode to live performance, warts and all). I look back on this which at the time was a preparation for the future, a preparation of a piece I knew was so much larger then I could hold (oh, but what a piece!). I am fortunate to work in an environment in which I can safely do this, and this was actually my debut as a soloist there (I had played recitals as an accompanist in this space as far back as 2003, before becoming the full time accompanist in the fall of 2006). This was a shared recital with a cellist you’ve already met…we played the Shostakovich Cello Sonata just beforehand, an heart wrenching edge of the seat thriller which left me overloaded with adrenaline. Indeed I was still shaking after taking an abnormally long intermission (and how terrifying it is, that fist plunge into the storm of Op. 111, knowing there's no turning back!), but this extra jolt, though it took me a few minutes to control, played right into my conception of the piece at the time, which I may be ably to summarize in Friedrich Löhr’s hyperbolic statement on Gustav Mahler’s piano playing:

Mahler rose inexpressively above  what his hands did. He could never have given an account of how he achieved what he did; every thought of technical difficulty was utterly canceled out; all was disembodied, purely contemplative, passionately and spiritually concentrated on all that, without conscious physical contact, passed from the keys into his being. In a way all his own, comprehending it with the energy and accomplishment of genius, bringing out every nuance, every shade of expression, he caused the music to ring out with all the force with which it had gushed forth from the soul of its creator. In Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 111 (No. 32), for instance, the storm at the beginning broke out in a terrible maestoso, shatteringly intense, with a wild ferocity such as I have never heard again; and similarly the finale faded out, pure, utterly luminous, in loveliest beauty, softly and softlier still, from closest touch with this earth out into eternity.

 Shocked (Bear in mind, Mahler was not such a talented pianist! Bear in mind his illusion to op. 111 in the finale of the 2nd Symphony! The identical mood of the “Ewiger” at the close of Der Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde with the close of the op. 111 finale! Was he reaching to express in his larger than life compositions what he couldn’t really express with his own two hands? Note two, the similar hyperbolic statements of his conducting Beethoven’s 7th or Die Walküre, much more plausible and justified!)  Shocked

You see that my dreams reach higher than I can ever attain; I was mildly disappointed that the walls were not on fire and the building was still standing at the close of the first movement, but then came the Arietta…oh bliss! To hold it in your hands is to step out into eternity, and for about 20 minutes I don’t know if I was conscious. It was an incredibly still glimpse of a realm without time (I'm one to get chills at the thought of time standing straight up), a music that is more than music (I’m stealing from Pianowolfi’s blog. Oh, I feel I should dedicate this whole thing to Wolfi who’s given me so much, and he doesn’t know it. Wolfi, I hope I hear you someday, improvising and playing op. 111 in a cave! I want to be there! Oh, the Arietta following the first movement storm…THIS is ABSTRACTION!) Where was I? The applause was jarring, like waking out of a beautiful dream fearing I may never be able to return to/remember. This piece comes with a certain pain of vulnerability (I start a support group for those who have played it!). I’ve never given more of myself then I did in this half hour moment, February 18, 2007. It is more me then any of the improvisations I‘ve posted, or even compositions I’ve not posted. It’s a raw snap shot of my musical soul, with all its scars through time, and all the quirks which are kind of like a pianistic speech impediment. But ah, Beethoven transcends all lifting me where I can't go.  

I’m adding a short, 50 seconds of my 93 year old Grandfather, who always has had an ability to speak profound things profoundly. This also, I link into the beautiful Arietta, which is just music of course.

Now STOP reading my too lengthy post and listen and devour Beethoven’s Op. 111!  Smiley


xx Favourite interpretation of Beethoven's Sonata 32 Op 111
November 24, 2009, 08:36:41 AM by cfgs

It is my favourite Sonata, which is your favourite interpretation of it?

and, which is your favourite Beethoven Sonata and favourite interpretation?

xx op 111
February 15, 2009, 06:22:21 PM by njalli

what do you think of beethoven sonata op 111?

2nd movement is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cpLyRNePV0&feature=related

1st movement is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zolsDg0DCw

xx Beethoven - Sonata #32, op.111 in c minor
August 14, 2007, 02:19:05 AM by andhow04

First movement!
Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato

xx random beethoven op.111 question
February 01, 2007, 11:22:05 PM by imbetter

On the second page of the arrieta the right hand appears to be playing too different voices. is it all one voice or are the top notes the melody im not good at figuring this stuff out

xx Beethoven - op.109, 110, and 111
January 29, 2007, 05:02:35 AM by ramseytheii

Listening to the Andras Schiff lecture on Beethoven 109, he notes that although the Sonatas were sketched and composed at the same time, Beethoven chose not to give them the same opus number, as he had with op.2 or op.31, or op.27.  Schiff never really offers a reason for this.  Does anyone here have any interesting ideas?  I ruled out the answer that they were too dissimilar for the same opus number, because the sonatas in op.31 are hardly similar, and the only thing linking those in op.27 is "quasi una fantasia."

Walter Ramsey

xx Beethoven op. 111, Arietta
December 03, 2006, 07:36:44 PM by pianowolfi

Here is the second movement of Beethoven's sonata op. 111. I'm looking forward to your comments Smiley


xx Beethoven op. 111 first mvt.
December 03, 2006, 12:09:22 AM by pianowolfi

I have thought for hours now if i should really post this. Now i'll do it. I recorded that two years ago in an empty hall (hence the massive reverb) on a Steinway B grand. It was a dress rehearsal (though without public) for a solo piano evening concert. Now I'm about to brush this sonata up and would appreciate your comments.  Smiley

xx Re: Music that has brought tears to your eyes
September 16, 2006, 08:51:58 AM by pianowolfi

Beethoven op. 111, Rach first sonata, Schumann concerto with Grimaud ( yeah yeah Thal, maybe she would convert you Grin)

xx beethoven op 111 - gould
June 29, 2006, 05:40:54 AM by pies

Was he doing coke when he recorded this? I've never heard such a fast first movement.   Shocked

xx Which is 'more important', Opus 111 or the Liszt sonata?
May 10, 2005, 11:14:17 PM by argerich_smitten

This poll is really pretty childish overall and has no factual answer, but a few people have been arguing about this recently (myself included) and I was curious what the majority thought.  Initially, I was going to do "which is the best piece", but that is even more subjective (if that's possible).  Which world would be more unimaginable... a world without Beethoven's 111 or a world without the liszt sonata?

xx Double trill in Arietta of Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 111
April 05, 2005, 08:26:56 PM by pianolo

I am currently learning the second movement of Beethoven's last sonata. At the middle of the first thrill passage there is a double drill on D-D# and G#-A# simultaneously with the right hand. I have not been able to play it to my satisfaction yet and have tried many combinations. I currently play it as two chords (first D-A# and then D#-G# with fingers 1-5 and 2-4 respectively) which I have practiced using what Chen describes as "parallel sets" in his book. I can now do it fast enough using an up-down wrist motion almost without moving the fingers. However, it doesn't sound right. After listening carefully to a recording of the sonata, I believe it should be played as D-G# first and then D#-A#. The problem when I play it this way is that I can't use the same wrist motion which allowed me to go faster. Can someone tell me how it should be played and also give me some advice on the hand motions to play it?

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