- Piano Sonata No. 13 (Beethoven)
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E-flat major "Quasi una fantasia"", Op. 27 No. 1, composed in 1800–1801, has four movements:
#"Andante - Allegro - Andante" in
ternary form, ABA. In E-flat major, middle section in C.
#"Allegro molto vivace" In C minor.
#"Adagio con espressione" In A-flat major.
Beethoven included the phrase "Quasi una fantasia" (Italian: "Like a fantasy") in the title because the sonata does not follow the traditional sonata pattern where the first movement is in regular
sonata form, and the movements are arranged in a fast-slow-fast sequence. A typical performance lasts 15 minutes.
The second movement, also in
ternary form, has no eighth notes until after the middle section in A-flat. After that, it is similar to the first section, but everything the right hand does is an eighth note later than it was in the first section.
The fourth movement is sometimes considered part of the third movement; after the Allegro vivace section, there is a section labeled "Tempo I", and is quite similar to the third movement (although in E-flat), and after that is a very short Presto section.
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