Sonata no 14 in C-sharp minor ‘Moonlight Sonata’ op 27 no 2 Beethoven

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Ah! The famous moonlight sonata which evokes the romanticized vision of tranquil landscapes and beautiful scenery. But wait! Actually Beethoven didn’t intend this at all. Sure he dedicated it to a beautiful countess who was probably his muse, but for heaven’s sakes he was not thinking of moonlight. It was a music critic who imposed this idea upon us, when he witnessed the moon shining upon a lake in Switzerland.

The trick to making this sonata sound authentic is to do what Beethoven wrote in the first bar – play without dampers – or leave the sustaining pedal on the whole time. Yet, modern pianists don’t do this, fearing it will sound too muddled. Shame on them – since Beethoven always knows best. It is different than most sonata forms which came before him, as it is more like a fantasy with a more loose structure. Even though it is like most sonatas in three movements, it is less traditional in being slow – fast – faster.

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how to practice

Have a look at the fundamental harmonic blueprint that belong to the movement which is able to truly aid you to ultimately master performing the bass and melody registers. Then it’s just a matter of breaking up the chord into repeating triplets. Feel how one chord moves into another and the tensions and resolutions it creates. Practice the chordal structures alone maybe once or twice to discover the construction built into the song in your thoughts and consequently the the top and bottom range of the song will likely be far less difficult to combine. Same goes with the 3rd movement.

The bass sounds performed via the LH typically only execute solo notes as octaves per bar. On a modern piano, you should leave the right pedal on a little more or less than halfway down (depending on the instrument) – and DON’T TAKE IT OFF until you hit the very last chord.

One excellent way to practice is to play ONE solid chord in each bar and move your hand up and down as if you were playing the arpeggios but don’t. You will see how effortless they become in time.


free sheet music

1. You can immediately acquire printable sheet music for this composition using the link below.

Free Sonata no.14 in C-sharp minor, ‘Moonlight’ op.27, no.2 Beethoven sheet music


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You can acquire to the mp3 version of this piece right away using the link below. The internet has now allowed many fantastic recordings of Beethoven piano sonata mp3s to be available thanks to Youtube and other such sites. Read our tips on how to make your own mp3s using the link below.

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