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  • Opus 2 #2: No. 2 in A major (1795)

    3 1.68%
  • Opus 13: No. 8 in C minor 'Pathétique' (1798)

    56 31.28%
  • Opus 26: No. 12 in A-flat major 'Funeral March' (1801)

    10 5.59%
  • Opus 27 #2: No. 14 in C-sharp minor 'Moonlight' (1801)

    45 25.14%
  • Opus 28: No. 15 in D major 'Pastoral' (1801)

    19 10.61%
  • Opus 31 #2: No. 17 in D minor 'Tempest' (1802)

    17 9.50%
  • Opus 31 #3: No. 18 in E-flat major 'The Hunt' (1802)

    11 6.15%
  • Opus 53: No. 21 in C major 'Waldstein' (1803)

    51 28.49%
  • Opus 57: No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata' (1805)

    64 35.75%
  • Opus 81a: No. 26 in E-flat major 'Das Lebewohl' (1810)

    12 6.70%
  • Opus 101: No. 28 in A major (1816)

    13 7.26%
  • Opus 106: No. 29 in B-flat major 'Hammerklavier' (1819)

    64 35.75%
  • Opus 109: No. 30 in E major (1820)

    48 26.82%
  • Opus 110: No. 31 in A-flat major (1821)

    38 21.23%
  • Opus 111: No. 32 in C minor (1822)

    65 36.31%
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Thread: Which Beethoven Piano Sonatas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    In real time, I still love the Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Opus 54; Beethoven at his wacky, quirky best, ESPECIALLY as performed by Sviatoslav Richter as the filler to his recording with Charles Munch/BSO of the Beethoven First Piano Concerto.
    Yes, Op. 54 is wonderful! That and the ones on either side, "Waldstein" and "Appassionata," are my favorite run of three.
    … The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats

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    None of my favorites are listed here: Nos. 24 ("A Therese"), 13 and 20.
    Last edited by Haydn67; May-24-2017 at 00:53.

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    Ahhh, so hard to choose! We need a poll for most painful polls.

    I went with the "Appassionata," Opus 109, and the "Pathétique." Could have put anything from the "Hammerklavier" onwards though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacred View Post
    Ahhh, so hard to choose! We need a poll for most painful polls.

    I went with the "Appassionata," Opus 109, and the "Pathétique." Could have put anything from the "Hammerklavier" onwards though.
    That's exactly why I haven't voted in this poll - it's too hard to choose. For this particular poll, I plead the fifth (da-da-da-DUM!!)
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Rachmaninoff

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    Every year I seem to play the Beethoven 32 at least twice, and truthfully, my favorite sonata is whichever one is being featured on my CD player at that particular moment. There isn't a clinker in the bunch. Annie Fischer is usually my tour guide.
    Last edited by hpowders; May-24-2017 at 00:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    That's exactly why I haven't voted in this poll - it's too hard to choose. For this particular poll, I plead the fifth (da-da-da-DUM!!)
    Yes. The opening fanfare of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardBast View Post
    Yes, Op. 54 is wonderful! That and the ones on either side, "Waldstein" and "Appassionata," are my favorite run of three.
    To compose Op. 54, Beethoven had to be high on something! What a wacky sonata!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    To compose Op. 54, Beethoven had to be high on something! What a wacky sonata!
    He was probably high on his beloved 60 beans of coffee!
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    He was probably high on his beloved 60 beans of coffee!
    I would think the 60 beans made a pot for the entire day....not for one cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    That's exactly why I haven't voted in this poll - it's too hard to choose. For this particular poll, I plead the fifth (da-da-da-DUM!!)
    I am still waiting for this poll Betinna....
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Yes. The opening fanfare of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
    Yes! Tell her hp!
    "We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot

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    4 selections would've been far more manageable.

    Given only 3, I chose:
    (1) 32nd
    (2) 23rd
    (3) 30th

    I had to go punch myself in the face for leaving the 29th out of my selections. Yes I know what you're thinking: not enough punishment.

    It went a lot like this:

    Last edited by AfterHours; Yesterday at 11:19.
    "We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot

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