Pathétique - Adagio cantabile, op. 13 No. 8, for violin and guitar

Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven
Year of composition
1799
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2007
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Duet
Instrumental parts

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, commonly known as Pathétique, was published in 1799, though written the year before, when the composer was 28 years old. Beethoven dedicated the work to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata’s tragic sonorities, to Beethoven’s liking. The Pathétique Sonata is perhaps the earliest of Beethoven’s compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity. It is widely represented on the concert programs and recordings of professional pianists. Beethoven’s Pathetique still remains one of his most popular sonatas even 200 years after its composition.

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