\"\"
Piano Forum logo

Poll

Which Beethoven Sonatas do you prefer?

Sonata in F minor, Op. 2
3 (1.7%)
Sonata in A, Op. 2
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in C, Op.2
4 (2.3%)
Sonata in E flat, Op. 7
3 (1.7%)
Sonata in C minor, Op. 10
0 (0%)
Sonata in F, Op. 10
2 (1.1%)
Sonata in D, Op. 10
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
14 (8%)
Sonata in E, Op. 14
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in G, Op. 14
0 (0%)
Sonata in B flat, Op. 22
3 (1.7%)
Sonata in A flat, Op. 26
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in E flat, Op. 27
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27 "Moonlight"
14 (8%)
Sonata in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale"
3 (1.7%)
Sonata in G, Op. 31
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 "Tempest"
11 (6.3%)
Sonata in E flat, Op. 31
0 (0%)
Sonata in G minor, Op. 31
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in G, Op. 49
0 (0%)
Sonata in C, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
19 (10.9%)
Sonata in F, Op. 54
2 (1.1%)
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
23 (13.1%)
Sonata in F sharp, Op. 78
1 (0.6%)
Sonata in G, Op. 79 "Alla Tedesca"
0 (0%)
Sonata in E flat, Op. 81 "Les Adieux"
8 (4.6%)
Sonata in E minor, Op. 90
5 (2.9%)
Sonata in A, Op. 101
3 (1.7%)
Sonata in B flat, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
8 (4.6%)
Sonata in E, Op. 109
13 (7.4%)
Sonata in A flat, Op. 110
10 (5.7%)
Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
19 (10.9%)

Total Members Voted: 63

Beethoven Sonatas (Read 2835 times)

Offline elevateme

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 352
Beethoven Sonatas
« on: April 16, 2006, 02:54:46 PM »
Ok Ive got an exam coming up in winter, and for it i have to learn a Beethoven sonata (or a few) & im not sure which one to do as ive never done any. please help   :( which are the best ones to learn?
(\_/)
(O.o)
(> <)

Sheet music to download and print: Sonatas by Beethoven



Offline arensky

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2324
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #1 on: April 16, 2006, 05:27:40 PM »
This poll has been done before, no matter. My answers are the same, I think. My favorites from each of Beethoven's style periods are...

EARLY: Op. 14 #1 in E
MIDDLE: Op. 31 #2 in d "Tempest"
LATE: Op. 101 in A
=  o        o  =
   \     '      /   

"One never knows about another one, do one?" Fats Waller

Offline arensky

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2324
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #2 on: April 16, 2006, 05:32:28 PM »
Ok Ive got an exam coming up in winter, and for it i have to learn a Beethoven sonata (or a few) & im not sure which one to do as ive never done any. please help   :( which are the best ones to learn?

Don't know what your skill level is, but if you've never played Beethoven before you should probably stick to the earlier works, op. 2 to op. 27. Randomly try op.14 #1 in E, my favorite early Sonata. It's underplayed, and is a good introduction to playing Beethoven, IMO.
=  o        o  =
   \     '      /   

"One never knows about another one, do one?" Fats Waller

Offline Kassaa

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1576
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #3 on: April 16, 2006, 05:34:59 PM »
Waldstein, Hammerklavier, and a battle going on between Op. 109 and Pastorale which is the reason I won't vote :) .
Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Waldstein Sonata will remain.

Offline etudes

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 812
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #4 on: April 16, 2006, 05:35:53 PM »
op.53,57,111
Piano = my life
My life = piano

Offline chopinfan_22

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 245
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #5 on: April 16, 2006, 06:30:47 PM »
Pathetique, Tempest, and Moonlight are my favorites.
"When I look around me, I must sigh, for what I see is contrary to my religion and I must despize the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation beyond all wisdom and philosophy."

Offline bertrand

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 18
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #6 on: April 17, 2006, 09:56:32 PM »
Interesting that the survey so far shows that (apart from the last 3 sonatas) the "named" sonatas are more popular than the unnamed ones.   Is that because they really are "better"  or more appealing/engaging, or simply because they are more established in the repertoire so people have heard them more?  If the latter, are they more established in the repertoire simply because they have names? 

For what it's worth, my two favourite sonatas are both unnamed ones - op. 10 no.3 and op. 31 no.3 

Offline etudes

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 812
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #7 on: April 17, 2006, 10:05:29 PM »
Interesting that the survey so far shows that (apart from the last 3 sonatas) the "named" sonatas are more popular than the unnamed ones.   Is that because they really are "better"  or more appealing/engaging, or simply because they are more established in the repertoire so people have heard them more?  If the latter, are they more established in the repertoire simply because they have names? 

For what it's worth, my two favourite sonatas are both unnamed ones - op. 10 no.3 and op. 31 no.3 
unofficial name for op.31 no.3 is the hunt
Piano = my life
My life = piano

Offline contrapunctus

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 408
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #8 on: April 18, 2006, 02:31:39 AM »
Nobody voted for the Hammerklavier. That's funny, I have always viewed it as the most influential piano piece in terms of starting the Romantic period. Kind of like Beethoven's ninth symphony.
Medtner, man.

Offline superstition2

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 370
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #9 on: April 18, 2006, 02:38:11 AM »
Favorites are: Pathetique, Tempest, Appassionata, Op. 111

I've never been obsessive about Beethoven's sonatas, but I'm starting to listen to them more now.

Offline sergei r

  • PS Silver Member
  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 69
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #10 on: April 18, 2006, 03:24:54 AM »
Pastorale, Opus 22 and Hammerklavier for the sake of voting for it. ;D
/)_/)
(^.^)
((__))o

Bunny - the revolution is coming...

Offline anschlag

  • PS Silver Member
  • Newbie
  • ***
  • Posts: 21
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #11 on: April 18, 2006, 11:01:52 AM »
Op 110 is unsurpassed in my view for what it is worth.

Offline letters

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 267
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #12 on: April 18, 2006, 05:20:29 PM »
Eb opus 7 is unamed and i voted for it... i really like it! and i voted for appassionata because i saw richard meyrick play it and it was great and i really like the last movement.
no offence but bet the reason those last 3 are the highest is because there the hardest...
 i dont understand on this forum why many think that the harder the piece is the better is.
(\_/)
(O.o)
(> <)

This is Bunny. Copy Bunny into your signature to help him on his way to world domination

Offline Kassaa

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1576
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #13 on: April 18, 2006, 05:47:24 PM »
Eb opus 7 is unamed and i voted for it... i really like it! and i voted for appassionata because i saw richard meyrick play it and it was great and i really like the last movement.
no offence but bet the reason those last 3 are the highest is because there the hardest...
 i dont understand on this forum why many think that the harder the piece is the better is.
The last three sonatas are usually considered as three of the best works in piano literature, not because they're hard really.
Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Waldstein Sonata will remain.

Offline steve jones

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1380
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #14 on: April 19, 2006, 03:56:59 AM »

2-1, Pathetique, Appassionata.

2-1 is probably my favorite, as the last movement was responsible for me learning to play piano in the first place!

SJ

Offline jre58591

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1771
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #15 on: April 19, 2006, 04:37:31 AM »
op 54 and op 111
simply said
Please Visit: http://www.pianochat.co.nr
My YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=jre58591

Offline Waldszenen

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1001
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #16 on: April 19, 2006, 09:45:25 AM »
Pathetique, Waldstein, Appassionata
Fortune favours the musical.

Offline pianogeek_cz

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 448
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #17 on: April 25, 2006, 07:05:15 PM »
Appassionata (that's my dream Beethoven sonata...  ::) ), Les Adieux (close contender, I heard a WONDERFUL performance by Schiff) and op. 90 (practicing at the moment...  ;D).
Be'ein Tachbulot Yipol Am Veteshua Berov Yoetz (Without cunning a nation shall fall, [But] Salvation Come By Many Good Counsels)

Offline emmdoubleew

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 314
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #18 on: April 25, 2006, 07:50:54 PM »

EARLY: Op. 14 #1 in E

Randomly playing it. :) Mostly because it's one of the easiest ones. I love it too, but not one of my favorites.


Offline verywellmister

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 284
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #19 on: April 25, 2006, 08:01:36 PM »
O come on, no one voted Op.2 no.2?  It's a great one.  (i shoulda voted 4 it)

14/1 is a nice one.  Good luck.
(\_/)
(O.o)
(> <)

This is Bunny. Copy Bunny into your signature to help him on his way to world domination

i thought i heard my washing machine playing Ondine

Offline tompilk

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1247
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #20 on: April 26, 2006, 05:42:21 PM »
mmm.... i now changed my mind but i cant take back my post! oh well.. ill change from pathetique to Op. 109..
Tom
Working on: Schubert - Piano Sonata D.664, Ravel - Sonatine, Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas

Offline superstition2

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 370
Re: Beethoven Sonatas
«Reply #21 on: April 29, 2006, 04:51:55 AM »
The last three sonatas are usually considered as three of the best works in piano literature, not because they're hard really.
I don't think 110 is so great, and haven't listened to 109 enough to decide about it. 111 is my favorite Beethoven sonata, though.