Beethoven Essay

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t Beethoven’s Piano Sonata “Pathetique” By: Melanie Martel M174 Sonata Pathetique, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1798 when he was only 27 years old. He dedicated it to a friend of his, Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. The sonata was actually named Grande sonate pathetique by his publisher. Some say that this piece was inspired by Mozart’s piano sonata K. 457. It is one of Beethoven’s first compositions to become popular and still one of his most famous pieces. It takes about nineteen minutes to be performed. Some interesting facts about this sonata is that a lot of famous pianist use this song for their concerts. It is also in a lot of other works such as “This Night” by Billy Joel, “Fantasia” from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the first movement is in kids how “Carmen Sandiego”, and also used by Kiss in a song “Great Expectations.” These are only a few examples of a song from the Classical Period that is still used to this day in other pieces of art. I enjoyed listening to this piece. It is unpredictable even though there is repetition because you don’t know how he is going to play the repeats. It is made up of three movements called Grave-Allegro, Adagio Cantabile, and Rondo. The reason this piece seemed interesting to me is because of the variations in dynamics and the element of surprise or suspense throughout the piece. 1 This piece is performed by a solo pianist. The dynamics of this sonata are very diverse for the Classical Period. In the first movement the introduction is very slow and it carries a theme throughout it. The second movement was very slow and piano, this was the least of my favorite parts. The third movement was much faster and vibrant, it was my favorite part to listen to. The texture is monophonic and I think can be sparse especially in the second movement. The harmony is minor and very bland at first but

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