Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor 'Pathétique'
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions. 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 Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven's liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities.
Prominent musicologists debate whether or not the Pathétique may have been inspired by Mozart's piano sonata K. 457, since both compositions are in C minor and have three very similar movements. The second movement, "Adagio cantabile", especially, makes use of a theme remarkably similar to one in the spacious second movement of Mozart's sonata.
Performances & Interviews
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathétique)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nb0z7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nb0z7.jpg2016-03-19T14:15:00.000ZSarah Walker surveys the available recordings of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathétique).https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03nb104
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathétique)Sarah Walker surveys the available recordings of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 (Pathétique).