For over two hundred years, the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven has provided musicians with a standard of excellence for solo piano compositions. Our ultimate goal is to create a library of his greatest works. We have chosen a selected few that may be considered the greatest piano sonatas ever written. These “originals” are in pure form as we’ve gone to great lengths and done much research to preserve the authenticity of each of them. These five complete original sonatas published by Santorella Publications are unedited with all three movements, identical to Beethoven’s manuscripts.
To ensure authenticity, we have provided performance notes on our website free of charge @ www.santorellapublications.com. In addition to the unprecedented biographical substance which adds significant educational value, these editions have been engraved with only four systems per page on a manila cream background, so reading them has never been more pleasing to the eyes. Thus making practice, study and performance an enjoyable process.
Sonata in C Major, Opus 53, or the Waldstein, was composed by 1804 and published in 1805 by the Bureau des Arts et d'Industrie. This work is dedicated to Count von Waldstein, one of Beethoven’s most important influences and early financial supporters.
His gratitude to Count von Waldstein is quite apparent in this piece. Beethoven expanded the limits of the sonata form in this, the first truly grand sonata. Not one to cater to neither the amateur nor the professional, Beethoven created a superior, technically challenging sonata.
We believe you’ll enjoy this “Complete Original” Masterpiece. This Santorella Publication includes a performance CD recorded by the very talented Concert Pianist, Craig Stevens.
PERFORMANCE NOTES - L. van Beethoven
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Sonata 14 - "Moonlight"
Sonate 8 - "Pathetique"