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Beethoven’s Tempest


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Chopin’s Musical Biography

Chopin Opus 35, A Musical Biography Chopin’s Musical Biography & Mastery of Large-Scale Form Chopin composed a Marché in 1837, stark and unadorned in melody but quite powerful. Opus 35 is built around this Marché and is the foundation of the sonata. Two years after the Marché was written as it was originally called, the sonata became published 1839. The outline of the sonata is: I Grave/Doppio Movimento II Scherzo III Marche funèbre IV Finale Beethoven’s Sonata no. 12 op 26 is often thought of as an influence to Chopin’s opus 35. It has a similar construction; the first movement … Continue reading Chopin’s Musical Biography

The History of the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata

The first movement of Beethoven’s Opus 27 No. 2 C# minor sonata was very popular in Beethoven’s day, to the point of exasperating the composer himself, who remarked to Czerny, ‘They are always talking about the C# minor Sonata surely I’ve written better things.’ Nearly two hundred years later, it still remains the most popular and downloaded piece of ‘classical’ music. The title Moonlight Sonata actually didn’t come about until several years after Beethoven’s death. In 1836, German music critic, Ludwig Rellstab wrote that the sonata reminded him of the reflected moonlight off Lake Lucerne. Since then, Moonlight Sonata has … Continue reading The History of the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata