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Moonlight Sonata Sheet Music

 Moonlight Sonata Sheet Music

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On this page you can find Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14, otherwise known as “Moonlight Sonata”. Moonlight Sonata is the unofficial nickname of the work and came from German music critic Ludwig Rellstab after Beethoven’s death in 1832. It was composed in Hungary in the summer of 1801, published in 1802 and thought to be dedicated to Countess Giulietta Gucciardi, Beethoven’s pupil and love. Moonlight Sonata is one of if not the most well known piece from Beethoven. It is split up in three movements, each with its own unique flair and careful pacing. The first movement is the most revered with its simplicity and haunting melody. The second is a brief, jumpy interlude connecting the first and third movements. The third and final movement is a swift, turbulent sonata to end with and is the most important movement in the sonata. Also on this site is more sheet music from Beethoven, sheet music sorted by famous composers, and a regularly updated “piano sheet music” section where I will be uploading more piano sheet music. You can also find another famous work Fur Elise piano sheet music here. Thanks and enjoy!

“Moonlight Sonata” No. 14 1st Movement

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 moonlightsonata14.11Adagio sostenuto: The first movement is easily the most well known with its lamenting melody. It is played pianissimo or “very quietly” and the loudest is reached in mezzo forte or “moderately loud”. It has repeating triplets creating the rhythm; this piece isn’t particularly hard but requires attention to repeating rhythm.
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 “Moonlight Sonata” No. 14 2nd Movement

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moonlightsonata14.21Allegretto: The second movement is basically a fast scherzo and trio, a cheerful bridge to connect the first and third movements together, described by Franz Liszt as a “flower between two chasms”. Played more in piano with some forte pianos. This piece is short and is recommended for intermediate players.
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 “Moonlight Sonata” No. 14 3rd Movement

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 moonlightsonata14.31Presto agitato: The third movement is the final explosive piece, played rapidly. It has an angry voice to it, fierce and extremely powerful. Requires skillful playing with consistency and good timing. A fairly loud piece even though most of it calls to be played piano or quietly. Recommended for advanced pianists.
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