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Appassionata Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op. 57

By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Adolf Ruthardt. This edition: Spiral Bound. Sheet music. Published by Polonius Sheet Music (PU.102).

Item Number: PU.102

The name "Appassionata" was coined not by Beethoven, but by the publisher of a piano four hands arrangement more than a decade after the his death. Beethoven's piano student Ferdinand Ries was lucky enough to witness the inception of a portion of this sonata. Ries wrote, "When we entered the room he ran to the pianoforte without taking off his hat. I sat down in the corner and he soon forgot all about me. He stormed for at least an hour with the beautiful finale of the sonata. Finally he got up, was surprised that I was still there and said, 'I cannot give you a lesson today, I must do some work.'" Pianists will delight in the sturdy spiral binding of our sheet music, which allows the score to lie flat when opened to any page. Reprinted from the authoritative Ruthardt edition.

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