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
# 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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