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Ludwig van Beethoven   opus 2:3

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major

Piano Sonata in C major. 1795. Time: 26'00.
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The Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3, is a sonata written for solo piano, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1796. It is dedicated to Joseph Haydn. It was written three years prior to his widely-known Pathétique Sonata in C minor.

It consists of four movements and lasts about 24 minutes:

  1. Allegro con brio, common time
  2. Adagio, 2/4 in E major
  3. Scherzo: Allegro, 3/4
  4. Allegro assai, 6/8

The sonata is often referred as Beethoven's first virtuosic piano sonata.[citation needed] The first movement, marked 'con brio', contains numerous examples of demanding pianistic techniques, and it has a quasi-cadenza towards the end.

The adagio movement is particularly emotive with its sweet melody and rhetorical sforzandi followed by a depro minor key section.

Likewise, the scherzo also buffers a heavily pedaled minor key section with more sprightly parts.

The final allegro assai movement is a lighthearted showcase with upward runs, trills, sudden contrasts, and some minor key drama.


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