Moonlight Sonata (5:25)

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Sonata in C sharp minor, op. 27, no. 2
- First Movement (Adagio Sostenuto)

* Correction*
This is not the entire Piano Sonata No. 14 (“Moonlight Sonata”), but only the first of three movements. The second and third movements are Allegretto and Presto Agitato, respectively.

Beethoven’s 14th piano sonata, AKA “Moonlight Sonata,” was composed in the summer of 1801 in Hungary, on an estate belonging to the Brunswick family. The composition was published in 1802 and was dedicated to Beethoven’s pupil and passion, 17 years old Countess Giulietta Gucciardi.

The Sonata is one of the most popular piano sonatas from Beethoven’s creation. It is also named “The Moonlight Sonata” by poet Ludwig Rellstab who, in 1832, had this inspiration on a moon lit night on the banks of the Lucerna River. Some biographers make the connection between the unshared love the composer held for Giulietta Guicciardi and the sonorities of the first part. Even more so, this sonata was dedicated to Giulietta, the musical theme of the first part being borrowed from a German ballad as Wyzewa observed.
The piano sonata has three parts. The parts of the sonata give the impression of a whole first of all through the elaboration of themes and motifs. Consequently, the main musical theme of the first part becomes very elaborate in the second part, and the second motif of the main theme will be encountered in the first theme of part III.


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  • DalilaOliveira


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  • Lizethblue

    hermosa ♥

    1 Apr 12:22am Reply
  • X8SK5X

    8mins in & this really kicks ass!

    26 Mar 8:18pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    People should tag their stuff correctly. This piece is called Mondscheinsonate and not Moonlight Sonata. Beethoven was German, folks...

    19 Mar 9:18am Reply
  • acid-al

    1st movement is chilling, even haunting, yet beautiful and inspiring 2nd movement is uplifting and cheery 3rd movement is powerful and has a ferocity that is unmatched even today and they all fit together and compliment each other only beethoven could do this

    2 Mar 4:23am Reply
  • thclizard

    The profundity of this composition hits me like a brick in the face each time from the first note on. Truly a masterpiece!

    10 Feb 11:56pm Reply
  • peach1987

    My favorite Beethoven piece :) :)

    10 Feb 1:31am Reply
  • btwiP


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  • carstenv

    great piece of the great master. but agree with others in this thread, as this is one of the most played classical pieces, there are better interpretations out there. One of my favourites is from Vladimir Ashkenazy. And then there is this very different but lovely version: ;-)

    6 Feb 11:01am Reply
  • Andyrocks22

    Pure classic throughout!!!

    25 Jan 11:57am Reply
  • Panecea

    •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*• Perfection •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•

    18 Jan 8:52pm Reply
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  • JBThazard

    Best part about Resident Evil 1

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • thclizard

    Slays me every time...

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Heropsychodream

    Ha, I thought this was the start to that evanescence song.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bookonashelf

    love love love this beautiful masterpiece<3

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
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  • ActiveInfidel

    Good, but I'm with dhrathbun on this, I have heard it played better

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
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