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3 Piano Sonatas [Kurfursten] WoO 47


By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Piano solo - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
Kurfursten-Sonatas. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Otto van Irmer. This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Pages: 44. Classical. Softcover. G. Henle #HN255. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480255).

Item Number: HL.51480255

9.25x12.25 inches.

Called 'Kurfurstensonaten' (Prince-Elector sonatas), these three sonatas were published in fall 1783. In the dedication - which was most certainly not formulated by Beethoven - one reads: 'Most lofty sir ... I have now reached my eleventh year' (whereby the composer has been made two years younger), 'and since then my Muse has whispered to me often during the hours of devotion: Be bold and lay down the harmonies of your soul!' ... May I now, exalted Prince, dare to lay the first of my juvenile outpourings at the steps of your throne?' In fact, the three sonatas have a special place among Beethoven's earliest compositions, already exude his spirit, and can be used to acquaint the budding pianist with this composer.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

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