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    Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7

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    If the nickname "Appassionata" was appropriate for one of Beethoven's Sonatas, it would be for his in E-flat Major Sonata, Op. 7 rather than his famous work in F Minor, Op. 57. This was Carl Czerny's opinion who felt that, Op. 7 was written in a rather passionate state of mind. It was not only Beethoven's first "Grande Sonata" but also his first work of this genre which he had published individually.

    The earliest sketches for Beethoven's Grande Sonata, Op. 7 date from 1796 and the first edition was issued in October 1797. 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 may well have overtaxed the dedicatee, Beethoven's then 16 year old pupil Anna Luise Barbara (Babette) Countess Keglevicz.