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Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53


By Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano - Early Advanced
Waldstein. 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. 44 pages. Alfred Music #00-27905. Published by Alfred Music (AP.27905).

Item Number: AP.27905

ISBN 9780739046821. English.

Count Ferdinand Ernest Gabriel von Waldstein, to whom the Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, is dedicated, was a longtime patron of the composer. Waldstein wrote to Beethoven, May you receive the spirit of Mozart through the hands of Haydn. The opening theme of repeated chords begins the excitement found throughout this work. 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.

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  • 4

    Tamara Slobodkin
    Setauket, NY
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  • October 17, 2007 Good edition - wonderful price

    Wonderful, interesting editorial comments explicating both the different autographs and first editions of individual Sonatas along with performance consequences and suggestions. I liked having them as footnotes rather than as a preface.

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