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Adagio from Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13

By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Flute - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Arranged by Peter Wouters. Classical Period. Set of Parts, Score. 14 pages. Published by Peter Wouters (S0.12578).

Item Number: S0.12578

Beehoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 is commonly known as the Sonata Pathétique. It was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and published a year later. Beethoven dedicated this work to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky.This second movement, the famous Adagio, exemplifies the expressive style of many slow movements in the classical period, and has here been arranged for a flute quartet of two C-flutes, alto flute and bass flute. The work can obviously be performed by a larger ensemble as well although the sensitivity of the movement and the soft dynamic levels that prominently feature throughout the work may be lost in larger settings.Although the original movement is in F minor, this arrangement has been transposed down to C minor to accommodate the range of the flutes used. The character of the original movement, however, has not been lost.It is not an easy work, keeping in mind the tricky key signatures (particularly for alto flute) but also the sensitivity and maturity required to perform a work like this. It presents a lovely performance opportunity for an intermediate to advanced flute ensemble who aren't scared of a challenge.

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