Piano Sonata No. 4 (Beethoven)

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Beethoven in 1796

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 4, in E major, Op. 7, sometimes nicknamed the Grand Sonata, is dedicated to his student Babette, the Countess Keglevics.[1][2] This piano sonata was composed in November 1796 in Bratislava, during his visit of Keglevich Palace.[3] Beethoven named it Great Sonata, because it was published alone, which was unusual for the time.

Along with the Hammerklavier Sonata, it is one of the longest piano sonatas of Beethoven.[4][1] A typical performance lasts about 28 minutes.


The sonata is in four movements:

  1. Allegro molto e con brio, 6
  2. Largo, con gran espressione, 3
    in C major
  3. Allegro, 3
    ; "Trio" in E minor
  4. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso, 2


I. Allegro molto e con brio[edit]


The first movement is in sonata form.[5]

II. Largo con gran espressione[edit]


The second movement is in ternary form.[5]

III. Allegro[edit]


The third movement is in scherzo and trio form.[5]

IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso[edit]


The fourth movement is in rondo form.[5] This movement of the sonata in particular was featured in the documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037


  1. ^ a b McCallum 2007, p. 8
  2. ^ Hewitt 2006, p. 7
  3. ^ Huizing, Jan Marisse (2021). Ludwig Van Beethoven : The Piano Sonatas; History, Notation, Interpretation. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 6. ISBN 9780300262742.
  4. ^ Hewitt 2006, p. 6
  5. ^ a b c d "Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E major Analysis".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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