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Thoughts on Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique Sonata’

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Thoughts on Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique Sonata’




The more I listen and become better acquainted with Beethoven’s epic Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathetique Sonata’, the more I can feel the emotional impact that this music conveys.

I’m currently working on the 2nd movement again, to really get it down. Of course, I don’t have the chops to handle the 1st and 3rd movements, but one day hope to get it down.

I like Freddy Kempf’s version of Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’. He really brings out that emotion that Beethoven’s music exudes.

Here’s a video of the 2nd movement. A beautiful rendition. I’m not going to try to learn the entire 2nd movement at this point in time, but I can handle the first part of it.

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 8

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions. Beethoven dedicated the work to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven’s liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata’s tragic sonorities.Wikipedia

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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