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Beethoven—The Appassionata Sonata

Lecture no. 5 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

Beethoven—The Appassionata Sonata

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

First, learn how Beethoven’s relationship with the organ led to the orchestral power and sonority of his piano works. Also trace how the Appassionata grew from the composer’s psychological self-reinvention following his tragic hearing loss. In the sonata’s opening, see how Beethoven creates a compelling dramatic narrative through persistent dissonances and ambiguous harmonies. Witness how the chorale-like second movement theme and variations achieves a lyrical calm before the relentless darkness of the heart-stopping finale.

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October 13, 2016

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g********m
February 18, 2016
Fascinating explanation of the parts of the Appassionata and of Beethoven's life experience. Loved it.

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