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Piano Sonata in D major op. 28, sonatas of op. 31 and the Sonatas of op. 49

Sonata in D major op. 28 also named The Pastoral Sonata was written about the same time as Sonata in C sharp minor but it renders completely different feelings. We encounter here a jovial summer air filled with bees and scent of flowers. The difference between the two sonatas is more than evident, thing that once more proves Beethoven’s power and love of life.

The sonatas of op. 31 were written between 1801-1802 and they offer a means of rendering the multiple possibilities offered by the sonata form. They have a very powerful contrasting character. The first sonata has a crystalline character with a style very close to that of Haydn, the second one has a “demon-like” spirit and the third expresses the composer’s joy of life.

Sonata in D minor op. 31 no. 2 is distinguished through the manner of construction of the first part, containing the sequence Largo and Allegro twice in a row.

Excerpt from Beethoven's Sonata in C minor op. 31

The sonata is also known as Sonata with Recital, or The Tempest Sonata because in the first part, after the rendering of the main theme, there are two cases of musical phrases for the superior voice with a recital character without accompaniment. Alsvang notices a resemblance between this recital and the melodic line of the ending to Symphony IX, resemblance created by the solo of the baritone in the presentation of the theme in the last part.

When asked to explain the significance of this sonata, Beethoven said: "Read attentively Shakespeare’s Tempest!" (Edwin Fischer, Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas).

The Sonatas of op. 49 (sonata in G minor, sonata in G major) are also known as Sonates faciles, and they were previously composed with the intention to be used by the music lovers who did not have a perfect technique.

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