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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas in E major, G major, op.22, op.26 and op.27

The two sonatas of op. 14 do not raise many technical problems and that is why they are studied in the beginning.

Sonata in E major was composed in 1798 and has three parts. The E major tonality was used to render the state of happiness that overwhelmed him.

Sonata in G major has the general outlook of a forest scene, somehow announcing Schumann’s piano works. The three parts of the sonata are written in free form.

Sonata in B flat major op. 22 was very popular especially due to the likeable style it was written in, even though with time some of that charm faded out. It has four parts, the first two in a sonata form.

Sonata in B flat major op. 26 is considered by Edwin Fischer as belonging to the psychological works, works that render personal, intimate expressions of the author. Through this sonata, Beethoven manages to create a transition in his evolution as a composer. The sonata starts with a movement in a moderate movement, followed by a vigorous allegro. After the Funeral March there is a Rondo. Even though apparently the two parts are divergent, taken as a whole, the work has unity. The shift towards the Funeral March is realized through the piano, rendering the raindrops falling on the grave.

The sonatas of op. 27 are an exception to the usual rule and that is perhaps why Beethoven mentioned in the subtitle "quasi una fantasia". You are first of all surprised by the succession of movements: Andante, Allegro, Andante in part I; Adagio, Allegro vivace, Adagio, Presto in the last part of the first sonata op. 27: Adagio sostenuto, Allegretto, Presto agitato in op. 27 no. 2.

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