Piano Sonata No. 4 (Beethoven)

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Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 4, in E major, Op. 7, sometimes nicknamed the Grand Sonata, is dedicated to his student Babette, the Countess Keglevics. [1] [2] This piano sonata was composed in November 1796 in Bratislava, during his visit of Keglevich Palace. [3] Beethoven named it Great Sonata, because it was published alone, which was unusual for the time.


Along with the Hammerklavier Sonata , it is one of the longest piano sonatas of Beethoven. [4] [1] A typical performance lasts about 28 minutes.


The sonata is in four movements:

  1. Allegro molto e con brio, 6
  2. Largo, con gran espressione, 3
    in C major
  3. Allegro, 3
    ; "Trio" in E minor
  4. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso, 2


I. Allegro molto e con brio


The first movement is in sonata form. [5]

II. Largo con gran espressione


The second movement is in ternary form. [5]

III. Allegro


The third movement is in scherzo and trio form. [5]

IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso


The fourth movement is in rondo form. [5] This movement of the sonata in particular was featured in the documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037

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  2. Hewitt 2006 , p. 7
  3. Huizing, Jan Marisse (2021). Ludwig Van Beethoven : The Piano Sonatas; History, Notation, Interpretation. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 6. ISBN   9780300262742.
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