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Beethoven: 3 Piano Sonatas, WoO 47

Kurfürsten Sonatas

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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Editor: Otto von Irmer
  • Fingering: Walther Lampe
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • ISMN: 9790201802558
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 41
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Called "Kurfürstensonaten" (Prince-Elector sonatas), these three sonatas were published in fall 1783. in the dedication – which was most certainly not formulated by Beethoven – one reads: "Most lofty sir ... I have now reached my eleventh year" (whereby the composer has been made two years younger), "and since then my Muse has whispered to me often during the hours of devotion: Be bold and lay down the harmonies of your soul!" ... May I now, exalted Prince, dare to lay the first of my juvenile outpourings at the steps of your throne?" in fact, the three sonatas have a special place among Beethoven's earliest compositions, already exude his spirit, and can be used to acquaint the budding pianist with this composer.