Ludwig Van Beethoven: Grande Donate for Pianoforte in E-flat Major Op. 7

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The earliest sketches for Beethoven’s Grande Sonate op. 7 date from 1796 and the first edition was issued by the publisher Artaria, Vienna in October 1797. It is dedicated to Beethoven’s pupil Anna Luise Barbara (Babette) Countess Keglevicz, in whom, if Carl Czerny is to be believed, he was passionately in love. For this reason it is sometimes known by its German nickname “Die Verliebte” (The Lover).

This work is one of the longest and most demanding of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Its four movements cover a wide range of emotions – a challenge that the dedicatee, who was 16 at the time and only started taking lessons from Beethoven in 1797, possibly felt unable to master.

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