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Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2


By Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Tempest. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Stewart Gordon. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo; Solo Small Ensembles. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Form: Sonata. Classical; Masterwork; Romantic. Book. 32 pages. Alfred Music #00-27904. Published by Alfred Music (AP.27904).

Item Number: AP.27904

ISBN 9780739046814. English.

For Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, the nickname tempest might refer to Shakespeare's classic play of the same title, although that has not been proven. Still, tempest has become firmly rooted as the nickname, describing the exciting tempestuous character of one of Beethoven's most famous sonatas. Dr. Stewart Gordon's editions of Beethoven's most popular piano sonatas provide the key to a stylistic performance. Thorough research of the earliest available sources has enabled Dr. Gordon to produce the most accurate reflection of the composer's intent. Each sonata contains helpful fingering suggestions and performance recommendations. Other editors' conclusions are noted where performance options are open to interpretation.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • 5

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  • December 29, 2008 very difficult

    this is a powerful sonata full of emotion. it is well worth the effort for the advanced player to learn. beethoven is always a good choice. remember to think about what he was expressing when you play.

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    Tamara Slobodkin
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  • October 17, 2007 Good edition - great price

    Gordon's notes concerning different editions are illuminating and interesting. His performance notes and excellant multiple suggestions for ornamental realizations encourage thoughtful learning and study of this marvelous Sonata.

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