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Piano Sonata No.08 in C minor Op 13 "Pathetique" 1st movement Beethoven Help Opus Details
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This "Pathetique" sonata is justifiably one of Beethoven's most famous piano sonatas. It is dedicated to Prince Carl von Lichnowsky and was written in1798. Beethoven frequently chose C minor for his highly dramatic works, full of pathos and contrast. It makes the piano almost sound like an orchestra, and indeed it takes full advantage of the huge advances made at this time in the sound quality of the pianoforte. It also shows a marked change from the pure "Classical" style of Haydn and Mozart, by the variety and richness of sonorities, the rapid key changes, and the extensive thematic development. Although still classifioed as "Classical" it clearly ushers in the new "Romantic" period. The starting passage of this first movement is one of the most famous passages in all of music. A dramatic slow introduction, marked Grave, introduces this fiery Allegro di molto e con brio characterized by great drama, passion and an explosive quality. David Dubal writes that with this opening, "Beethoven stands at the threshold of nineteenth-century Romantic emotionalism."
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Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   C Minor Play MP3 using player below.

1    This introduction, marked Grave, is extraordinarily dramatic and sombre.

2    This is the main theme of this sonata, played extremely fast, at an enormous contrast to the slow introduction.

3    This is the sub theme of the 1st movement, a happier mood prevailing as Beethoven moves through major keys of Db then Eb.
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