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    What is your favorite beethoven sonata?

    My picks: Waldstein and Hammerklavier.

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    Now this is difficult! It changes for me. I would say 7 th, 32 th, Waldstein and The Tempest. But ask me tomorrow, I will say something completly different .
    Last edited by Daniel; Sep-13-2006 at 23:35.

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    Strange as it is... Normally people will remember him for his late sonatas. But I find his earlier works more attractive. If you asked me... I'll prefer his 32 Variations in Cminor to any sonatas.
    I hate the hammerklavier.. Don't get the wrong idea. Love to listen , but hate to play it. It's just like one big variation, and I used to find the LH at page 2 utterly confusing. Sometimes the semiquavers slur upwards, sometimes downwards... and I always played them the other way round.
    I dislike the Pathetique and Moonlight sonata also... maybe it's too overplayed. :blink:
    I don't like Appasionata and Waldstein also. :blink:
    But I love the rest of them...LOVE.

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    BTW, have u heard of Beethoven's 'Rage over a Lost penny'? Very interesting and absolutely fun to play.
    I think the tittle was given by one of its editors, just like the Pathetique Sonata.

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    :P My favourite Beethovensonates are

    1. Les Adieux (opus 81a)
    2. A Therese (opus 78)
    3. Appassionata (opus 57)

    I love them since i was a 6 year old kid and got my first LP. And still have a weak spot for the performer.... Robert Casadesus...

    Frank :wub:

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    [FONT=Geneva][SIZE=14][COLOR=red] :blink:
    My favourite Beethoven sonata? .... i likes several sonatas:
    nos 2, 3, Pathetique, Waldstein and Moonlight.

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    the presto agitato from the moonlight is amazing, it really is a great piano piece

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    I like the Pathetic Sonata best, but the presto agitato is an exelent peice. I've tried to play it on many occasion but failed miserably. I know one person that can play that peice profficiently.

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    Definetly 32nd.
    //Havenscope//

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    28th, the only piano sonata Beethoven once performed in public.

    I love it very much, though it is really hard to play well, especially the second movement, and the fugue in the last movement.

    How fantastic is Richter's live recording (27,28,29) in Prague!

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    Smile Appassionata -

    In my opinion, I place the Appassionata in the most honourable position. It has an extraordinarily tragic and violent nature, and the story of its birth is fascinating. First of all, its violent beauty may describe Beethoven's personality more clearly than any other works. I have been playing it again and again for about two years. Thank you for your question!

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    Definately the 'Moonlight' Sonata for me. Both the Presto Agitato and Adagio Sostenuto sections are excellent.

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    At the moment, The Tempest. I'm working on it now because after I heard it, I just had to learn it. It's gorgeous, especially the third part. However my favorite little melodic segment from the whole sonata is in the first movement... that catchy high pitched right hand melody that comes right after the fast ascending scale in the left hand.
    When I open my eyes I must sigh, for what I see is contrary to my religion, and I must despise the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
    Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Pathetique Sonata and Moonlight Sonata

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWaltz View Post
    Pathetique Sonata and Moonlight Sonata
    Amen my brother!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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