Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and Other Sonatas, Op. 27 and Op. 31
Even in Beethoven's day the 'Moonlight' Sonata was a popular favourite. This 1999 book provides an accessible introduction to the Sonatas Opp. 27 and 31 (including The 'Moonlight' and 'The Tempest'), aimed at pianists, students, and music lovers. It begins with the works' historical background - the emergence of a 'piano culture' at the end of the eighteenth century, Beethoven's aristocratic milieu in Vienna, and his oft-quoted intention to follow a new compositional path. An account of the sonatas' genesis is followed by a discussion of their reception history, including a survey of changing performing styles since the mid-nineteenth century. The concept of the Sonata quasi una Fantasia is examined in relation to the cult of artistic sensibility in early-nineteenth-century Vienna. The study concludes with a critical introduction to each sonata.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
27 sonatas 31 sonatas Adagio sostenuto Allegretto Allegro Andante arpeggios aspects bass Beethoven Beethoven's sonatas begins Breitkopf and Hartel C. P. E. Bach cadence at bar century characteristics chord in bar chromatic circle of fifths classical closure coda composer composer's concept sketches Concerto continuity sketch contrast critics Ct minor Sonata Czerny detail development section diminished seventh dissonant dominant dynamic early edition eight bars emphasis episode Example exposition fantasy Figure finale formal Fortepianos four-bar G major genre gesture harmonic Haydn head-motive ideas improvisations instruments keyboard music Liszt London melodic ment Menuetto minor in bars minuet modulation motivic movement Mozart Nageli Nageli's Neapolitan chord octave opening theme passage pattern pedal perfect cadence performance phrase pianists piano sonatas played recapitulation refrain reprise rondo rubato second subject semiquaver Simrock sonata and fantasy sonata form staves structure Sturm und Drang Symphony tempo tion tonal tonic treble triplet variation Vienna Wielhorsky