For over two hundred years Ludwig van Beethovenís sonatas have set the standard of excellence for solo piano compositions. The intricacies of phrasing, voicing, harmony and counterpoint combined with the complexity of fingering and subtle challenge in performance are compositional techniques that have provided the foundation for all piano literature.
In Beethoven's Greatest Sonatas, Highlight Edition published by Santorella Publications eachsonata has been transcribed from archived editions dated 1872, 1894, and 1902. These newly transcribed originals by Craig Stevens offer significant benefits not found in any other publication, including a detailed history of Beethovenís life and inimitable career.
In these Highlights you'll discover the classic melodies that embody the spirit and passion within each of the sonatas. Beginning with the romance and haunting eloquence of the Moonlight & Pathetique to the allure and brilliance of the Waldstein & Appassionata then culminating with the Les Adieux Sonata. Beethoven's tribute to the departure, journey and triumphant return of his dear friend and benefactor during the French Revolutionary war.
Each movement captures the immortal themes that irretrievably link Beethoven to the great masters in music history. This "highlights" edition, and each of the five sonatas in the series published by Santorella Publications, represents over two years of careful preparation, analysis and evaluation of century old published manuscripts.
The recorded performance by Craig Stevens accurately represents the articulations, phrasings and tempos which tend to favor Czernyís recommendations of strict adherence to the discipline of composition over the interpretation of performance.
As an additional bonus, the extensive performance notes are separated from the manuscripts and available as a complimentary reference. Simply visit www.santorellapublications.com to access the performance notes for any one of the Beethoven sonatas in this series.
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PERFORMANCE NOTES - L. van Beethoven
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Sonata 14 - "Moonlight"
Sonate 8 - "Pathetique"