Beethoven – Sonata No. 8, Op. 13, “Pathetique” in C minor (Movement 2) Piano Sheet Music Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 is commonly known as the “Pathetique.” Beethoven originally composed this sonata for piano and violin in 1798, but later revised it for piano and cello. Beethoven dedicated this sonata to his friend, Prince Lichnowsky. It premiered at the house Beethoven shared with his two brothers in Vienna on April 13th, 1799. Beethoven was soon noted for composing difficult piano music that challenged even the greatest pianists of the time. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 is considered a Beethoven masterpiece and one of the most difficult sonatas for piano to play. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 has three movements, two of which are very similar in form and content. Beethoven stated that this work was a “failure.” It is said that Beethoven was very hard on himself when it came to his compositions and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 was one of Beethoven small disappointments. Beethoven didn’t like that he wasn’t able to achieve what he had originally intended with this piece, although Beethoven recognized the power of the piece even if Beethoven’s Sonata was not Beethoven’s personal favorite.
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