Pathetique (from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 74). Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Arranged by Alan Miller. Percussion Ensemble. For glockenspiel, xylophone, three vibraphones, one 4.3 octave marimba (low A), two 4.5 octave marimbas (low F), four timpani (five recommended), snare drum, bass drum w/ crash cymbal attachment, tam tam, three suspended cymbals (high, mid, low) (8 players). Concert Percussion Ensembles. Medium-Difficult. Score and parts on CD-ROM. 30 pages. Duration 3:40. Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-24).
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 remains one of his most popular compositions, and is commonly known as the Pathetique Sonata. This arrangement for percussion ensemble draws its content from Beethoven's first movement. Arranged for eight players on mostly pitched percussion instruments, Pathetique provides an active and colorfully orchestrated piece to highlight the dexterity of the performers, transforming the original piano work to percussion ensemble with musical ingenuity.