Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata #
Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770
Bonn/Germany - 1827 Vienna)
Sonata Nr. 14 in C-sharpe minor (op. 27/II, 1801)
was given the name by which it became famous "Moonlight
Sonanta" (Mondscheinsonate) by the musical
writer Ludwig Rellstab, who felt it reminded him of a
boat ride on Lake Vierwald/Switzerland by moonlight.
The sonata which Beethoven composed for Giulietta
Guicciardi, a student of his, stands out in several ways
such as the lack of an allegro in sonata form as the
first movement. Because of the romantic mood of the
sonata, some scholars believe that Giuletta was
Beethoven's famous unsterbliche Geliebte (undying
love). Historically important is the fact that the
technical demands that Beethoven's sonatas set are so
high that very few amateur pianists would be able to play
them. This leads to the training of specialists and thus
to the beginnings of the virtuoso performer in the 19th
c. (Virtuosentum). (E. Stadler)
© Sound: Otto G. Preiser & Co. Ges. m. b. H., Fischerstiege 9/4, A-1010 Wien, CD-Nr. BIS-CD-281.
© Picture: Beethoven Archiv Bonn.