Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 – 1827

~ A portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

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Beethoven brought the change from Classicism to Romanticism.

‘He was a man in every sense – in the highest. He withdrew from mankind after he had given them his all and received nothing in return. He dwelt alone, because he found no second Self. But in the end his heart beat warm for all men. Thus he was, thus he died, thus he will live to the end of time.’

~ Poet Franz Grillparzer in Beethoven’s moving funeral oration in front of 10,000 on lookers

‘You may ask me where I obtain my ideas. I cannot answer this with any certainty: they come unbidden, spontaneously or unspontaneously. I may grasp them with my hands in the open air, whilst walking in the woods, in the stillness of night, in the early morning. Stimulated by those moods which ports turn into words, I turn my ideas into tones which resound, roar and rage until at last they stand before me in the form of notes.’

~ Written conversation with Beethoven’s friend and confidante, Louis Schlosser

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 In C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique” – 1. Grave, Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 In C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique” – 2. Adagio Cantabile

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 In C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique” – 3. Rondo: Allegro

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, “Moonlight” – 1. Adagio Sostenuto

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, “Moonlight” – 2. Allegretto

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, “Moonlight” – 3. Presto Agitato

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” – 1. Allegro Assai

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” – 2. Andante Con Moto

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” – 3. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

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