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Grand Sonate Pathétique Op. 13, II Adagio cantabile


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) is one of the most recognizable names in the history of Western music. He was a prodigious talent from an early age, and quickly earned a reputation as a virtuoso pianist and skilled composer. His Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 was composed in 1799, at 27 years old towards the end of his compositional early period. The title Grade sonate pathétique was applied by his publisher – with Beethoven’s approval – and to many listeners reflects the tragic and melancholy moods expressed in the music. The second movement, a deeply expressive Adagio cantabile is in rondo form, presenting its famous melody three times with increasing textural richness, separated by two intervening episodes in the relative and parallel minor keys.

II. Adagio cantabile


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