Background to Beethoven & the Pathetique Sonata
Where was Beethoven born?
Who was one of Beethoven's most generous patrons, to whom he dedicated the Pathetique Sonata?
When was the Pathetique Sonata written?
In which European city did Beethoven spend most of his working life?
What key is his sonata written in?
What type of chord does Beethoven use to create tension?
How many sonatas did Beethoven write?
What does 'Pathetique' mean?
Tick THREE features that make the sonata full of drama and intensity
The intensity of this sonata looks towards which musical period?
What is the marking of the opening introduction?
Have a listen to the following video which talks about the differences of the fortepiano (which Beethoven was writing for) in comparison to our modern day piano.
Listen to the Slow Intro
Have a listen to the slow introduction and follow the annotated score.