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Ludwig Van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata)

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The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is popularly known as the “Moonlight” Sonata. The work was completed in 1801 with whom Beethoven was, or had been, in love. The name “Moonlight” Sonata derives from an 1832 description of the first movement by music critic Ludwig Rellstab, who compared it to moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Beethoven included the phrase “Quasi una fantasia” (Italian: Almost a fantasy) in the title partly because the sonata does not follow the traditional sonata pattern where the first movement is in regular sonata form, and where the three or four movements are arranged in a fast-slow-fast-fast sequence. Read on...

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