March 8, 2000
Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14
On December 16th, 1770, Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in Bonn. His father a court musician and tenor as well as a forceful alcoholic. Ludwig’s father forced him into becoming a child prodigy, and at 14, he became a paid member of the Bonn court orchestra. He played the viola and the harpsichord. In 1792, he was given a grant from the electoral prince of Bonn to travel to Vienna. In Vienna Haydn, Salieri, and Forster instructed him in music composition and theory. In 1798, his symptoms of deafness worsened and from 1819 on, he was having such a hard time, he had trouble making himself understood. In 1809, three members of the Viennese nobility promised him an annual pension to stay in Vienna. Before Beethoven died in 1827, he wrote many symphonies and sonatas.
I chose to write about Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14. This sonata was the first movement in the “Moonlight Sonata...