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Ludwig van Beethoven   opus 10:1

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor

Piano Sonata in C minor. 1795. Time: 17'30.

Related to WoO 52 and WoO 53.

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The Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1, by was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is dedicated to Anna Margarete von Browne. The first movement of the sonata has a 3/4 meter, the second movement 2/4, and the final movement 2/2. Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5 is a first period composition, anticipating more notable C minor works such as the Pathétique Sonata and the Fifth Symphony in its nervous energy.



The sonata is divided into three movements:

  1. Allegro molto e con brio in C minor
  2. Adagio molto in A flat major
  3. Prestissimo in C minor

First Movement

The first movement, in sonata form, opens energetically with contrasting loud and soft phrases. The theme is highly angular, comprising of rising dotted quaver arpeggios. A 24-bar modulating passage provides a quiet contrast before arriving at the second theme in E-flat, which is accompanied by an Alberti bass. In the recapitulation, the second theme is initially in F major before returning to C minor.

Second Movement

The second movement is a lyrical Adagio with many embellishments. It is in A-B-A-B or "sonatina" form (there is no development section, only a single bar of a rolled V7 chord leading back to the tonic key); an apparent third appearance of the main theme turns into a coda, which slowly fades to a final perfect cadence.

Third Movement

The third movement is a highly nervous piece in sonata form, making heavy use of a figure of five eighth notes. The short development section contains an unmistakable foreshadow of the theme from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The coda slows the tempo down, leading to a final outburst which fades to a quiet but agitated C major.

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