ISBN 9781585604791. With Text Language: English. Classical.
For over two hundred years, the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven has provided musicians with a standard of excellence for solo piano compositions. Our ultimate goal is to create a library of his greatest works. We have chosen a selected few that may be considered the greatest piano sonatas ever written. These "originals" are in pure form as we've gone to great lengths and done much research to preserve the authenticity of each of them. These five complete original sonatas published by Santorella Publications are unedited with all three movements, identical to Beethoven's manuscripts. In addition to the unprecedented biographical substance which adds significant educational value, these editions have been engraved with only four systems per page on a manila cream background, so reading them has never been more pleasing to the eyes, thus making practice, study and performance an enjoyable process. The Pathetique, Grande Sonate Pathetique, Sonata in C Minor, Opus 13 was composed between 1797 and 1799, though the actual date is unknown. This is the first of 32 sonatas Beethoven wrote during his lifetime to have acquired a universal popularity. This particular title was dedicated to Prince Carl von Lichnowsky and its name, Pathetique was Beethoven's own and a mix of influences is apparent. Early sketches reveal that the last movement was originally planned for more than one instrument, perhaps violin and piano. We believe you'll enjoy this "Complete Original" Masterpiece. This Santorella Publication includes a performance CD recorded by the very talented Concert Pianist, Craig Stevens.