Piano Sonata No. 3 (Beethoven)

Piano Sonata No. 3 (Beethoven)

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major is the third sonata of a set of three from his Opus 2 publication, dedicated to Joseph Haydn. It dates from 1796, three years prior to his groundbreaking Pathétique Sonata. It consists of four movements and lasts about 24 minutes:

# Allegro con brio
# Adagio
# Scherzo: Allegro
# Allegro assai

The sonata is often referred as Beethoven's first virtuosic piano sonata. The first movement, being marked 'con brio', contains numerous advanced pianistic techniques, and there is a quasi-cadenza toward the end of this movement.

The adagio is particularly emotive with its sweet melody followed by a clearly pedalled minor key section.

Likewise, the scherzo also buffers a heavily pedalled minor key section with more spritely parts.

The final allegro assai movement is a lighthearted showcase with upward runs, trills, sudden contrasts, and some minor key drama.

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