Biography Of Ludwig Van Beethoven 's ' Moonlight Sonata '

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Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the single most decorated composers and musicians in the history of mankind. The legendary German composer, though long deceased today, has left us with dozens and dozens of works composed and played by him for us to marvel at and understand the true meaning of music. Mainly known for his work and compositions with the piano, he composed pieces to be performed with multiple different instruments. My goal, however, is to explore one of the most popular compositions that he wrote for his cornerstone instrument, which is Op.27 No.2, more widely known to the world as his “Moonlight Sonata.” This legendary sonata was written to completion in 1801, and it is said that Beethoven wrote it in dedication to one of his…show more content…
However, the somber tone that the work carries does not mean that it leaves anything to be desired in terms of its complexity, variety, and overall sound. Truly, just by listening to this piece off of the bat and attempting to analyze the style, it became very clear to see exactly why it is as highly revered and regarded as it is within the world of classical music, and among all of Beethoven’s other masterpieces. Something else that is remarkable about this piece of music is the fact that it intentionally does not share the form that is considered standard for piano sonatas. It is considered a more or less improvised variation of the Quasi Sonata form, mainly in the way its harmony is set up. The truth is that part of what makes this piece so special is the fact that it is different, the fact that it deviates from the standard course of what it is and was thought that a sonata is supposed to be. For this reason, and by daring to think outside the box, Beethoven created what is now considered one of the greatest pieces of classical music ever composed. The truth is that in listening to it, it definitely does become difficult to place, identify, or compare, simply because it is so different than most any piece of classical music that one could try to compare it to. In his book “Beethoven, Moonlight and the other sonatas, op. 27 and op. 31”, Dr. Timothy

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