Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C Minor: A look at the mixed elements

The third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 is an excellent example of sonata-rondo form. It conforms to the expectations of a hybrid of this kind, utilizing elements of both the sonata and seven-part rondo (ABACABA) forms. It completes four full rotations as described in Hepokoski and Darcy’s model, including a … Read more

An Analysis of Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major Op. 55 or Eroica Symphony, a Musical Masterpiece of Ludwig van Beethoven

Week Four Essay Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major Op. 55, or famously known as the “Eroica Symphony,” is one of the composer’s most celebrated works. This piece marks the beginning of the composer’s second of three musical periods and is considered to be a significant turning point in classical style composition … Read more

Beethoven Berlioz and Chopin

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770 to Johann van Beethoven and his wife, Maria Magdalena. He took his first music lessons from his father, who was tenor in the choir of the archbishop-elector of Cologne. His father was an unstable, yet ambitious man whose excessive drinking, rough temper and anxiety surprisingly did not … Read more