Introduzione: Adagio molto - attacca Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo The two outer movements of the sonata are most substantial, each taking about 11 minutes to perform. First Movement: Allegro con brio The sonata opens with repeated chords, played pianissimo. This initial straightforward, but anxious rhythm is devoid of melody for two bars. It then swiftly ascends and follows with a three-note descent in the middle register and a four-note descent in the upper.

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C Major. The first subject begins in the tonic key with a section of four bars, ending in G major, which is repeated a tone lower Bars , with the exception of the note A flat in Bar 8, which is a tone and a half lower.

This is followed by a four-bar section in C minor and a pause on the dominant. In the space of 13 bars the first subject modulates to G major, F major, F minor, and C minor; it ends on half-close upon the dominant, Bar The connecting episode begins Bars with the first section of the first subject, which is repeated Bars in D and A minor; Bar 22 is a repetition of Bar 21 with the sixth of the chord raised a semitone, forming an augmented sixth in the key of E minor, upon dominant pedal point of which there follows a brilliant passage in E minor, leading into E major.

The second subject may be divided into two parts. The first part Bars is repeated varied , Bars Bars constitute the second part. Both parts are in E major instead of being in the dominant key. The Coda consists of four bars, beginning in A minor and ending in E minor; Bars repeated an octave lower, Bars Double bar and repeat.

In Bars , Bars are compressed into one bar; also in Bars In Bars and only the fourth bar compressed is used, Bars having only the third bar compressed ; Bar leads to an elaborate development of the first portion of the second part of the second subject, Bars The first subject re-appears unaltered until Bar 70, at which bar A flat is used instead of G, and five bars are added, ending, Bar , in the tonic key.

The connecting episode begins as before compare Bars with Bars Bar 22, however, is altered Bar , and a bar added — Bar — leading to the dominant of A minor; Bars are an exact transposition of Bars The elongation of the Coda Bar is principally formed upon the first subject, with one reference to the second subject Bars Second Movement Adagio Molto Form: 3 parts. F Major. Nearly the whole of the first subject which begins and ends in the tonic key is based upon the initial phrases, which are repeated with a varied accompaniment at Bar 31 and at Bar Note the shake formed on inverted pedal point, Bars At the concluding part of this episode in A minor there is a pedal point in the bass, Bars The first subject re-appears here unaltered.

This episode begins with a subject of eight bars Bars , which proceeds in sequence for four bars. The first phrase of eight notes in C minor is repeated in F minor Bars The first four notes are then used to commence a modulation to A flat major, the subject ending in that key Bar Bars are then repeated with a triplet accompaniment Bars This subject is the inverted as regards its harmonic character; instead of the keys being in this order — C minor, F minor, and A flat major — the subject appears, Bars , in A flat major, modulating to F minor and ending in C minor.

Bars are repeated inverted , Bars , the triplet accompaniment in the upper part being with slight alterations transferred to the underpart; Bars are repeated inverted , Bars ; a reiteration of the final cadence brings the episode to a close in C minor. The development begins in A flat major with reference to the first subject in chords , Bars , repeated in F minor, Bars , and in D flat major, Bars A sequence in syncopations leads to a new figure Bar ; this modulates through several keys, and gives place Bar to another figure, which eventually modulates to C minor Bar Bars consist entirely of dominant harmony, and end with full close in the tonic key Bar This episode is formed upon the connecting passage, Bars Bars are varied and extended, Bars It is referred to in the original key , Bars ; varied, Bars In the key of F, Bars ; varied, Bars In original key, Bars ; varied Bars There are sequences in Bars and Bars


Beethoven, Piano Sonata, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”), first movement

Karg Problems playing these files? Allegretto moderato — Prestissimo. The melody is played a total of three times. A sequence in ih leads to a new figure Bar ; this modulates through several keys, and gives place Bar to another figure, which eventually modulates to C minor Bar Beethoven writes in crescendos that go into softer markings piano m. At Bar 17 overlapping the end of the melodythere is a recurrence of the opening passage, which is developed, and which forms another passage ending on the dominant of C, preparatory to the entry of the first subject of the Rondo. Piano Sonata No.


Piano Sonata No. 21 "Waldstein-Sonate"

Performed by Michael Hawley. Courtesy of Musopen Problems playing these files? See media help. Allegretto moderato — Prestissimo The first and last movements of the sonata are the most substantial, each taking about 11 minutes to perform. Allegro con brio[ edit ] The first movement is in sonata form : it has a repeated exposition with two subject groups , a development section, a recapitulation and a coda. After a half cadence to the dominant G major , the opening phrase returns again but this time in a tremolo variation. Modulation to the mediant for the second subject area is another feature shared by this sonata and the Sonata No.

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