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    Sonata #26-Les Adieu
    #12-funeral march
    #21-waldstein
    #32
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    #15- Pastoral

    Kind of lost interest in Moonlight, Pathetique, and Appassionata

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    I'd have to go for "The Hammerklavier" Op. 106.
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    No. 28 in A major

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    Like most of us, I have a few:
    No. 13
    No. 15 (Pastorale)
    No. 21 (Waldstein)
    No. 23 (Appassionata)
    No. 26 (Das Lebewohl)
    No. 28
    No. 29 (Hammerklavier)
    and No. 30

    I know that's quite a few, but I really can't choose between them.

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    32, 31, 30, 23, 21, 14... but not in that order.

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    Pathétique (Sonata no.8) is my favorite.

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    Pathétique (Op. 13) and the Op. 2 sonatas are my favorites. Not so big a fan of Moonlight, though.

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    The "Moonlight" is more-than-average susceptible to interpretation. My standard is Kipnis. Opus 109 is the clearest exposition of transcendency I have heard in music. We can be more/greater than our fleshly selves - maybe. The 'maybe' is mine, not Beethoven's.
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    Waldstein, to me it's the most beautiful piano piece i've ever heard!
    I also like appasionata and les adieux.
    Recently I went to a concert and listened to Beethoven's Op. 110 Sonata, it's just beautiful. Add more to my favourite Beethoven's sonata list. And it has a really nice fugue at the end of it. Planning to play it for next semester!

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    I <3 Beethoven sonatas best of all of Beethoven's stuff (except the Grosse Fugue)

    hmm, I'm sure I'm forgetting one but

    I love numbers 18 and 22 a whole lot (if I got the numbers wrong, it's the ones in E Flat Major and F Major)

    favorite performer of his sonatas so far that I've heard is Richard Goode

    very high quality stuff



    I would say probably though (and this might seem cliche) that my favorite movement of a Beethoven piano sonata would have to be the 2nd movement of the 8th (is that the Pathetique?)

    such lovely music, showing him at his happiest. and it actually seems like genuine happiness too, unlike pretty much every other major key thing he ever wrote. I get a sense of insincerity when I listen to Beethoven trying to portray happiness

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    I think it would be a mistake to try and find Beethoven's mood in his music.

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    of course it would, because we already know it's morbid/depressed by default

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubbleBobble View Post
    (except the Grosse Fugue)
    Heresy!

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    Far too hard! I can't choose a single one, I'll have to pick two:

    Pathetique and Moonlight, purely because I'm listening to them right now. Although there's also some bias there due to the fact that I'm learning both of them... I should be more objective. Oh well!
    Let's play Haydn seek! *facepalm*

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    Default My favorite Beethoven Sonata

    There are three in my top list

    1) The Tempest Sonata
    2) Sonata no. 8 "Pathetique"
    3) Sonata "Quasi una fantasia" or "Moonlight" Sonata

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