Piano Sonata No. 4 (Beethoven)

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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 Bratislava, in 1796, in November, during his visit of Keglevich Palace in Bratislava.[citation needed] 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.[3][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


  1. ^ a b McCallum 2007, p. 8
  2. ^ Hewitt 2006, p. 7
  3. ^ Hewitt 2006, p. 6
  • Hewitt, Angela (2006). Liner Notes to Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 10/3, 7 & 57 (PDF) (CD). Hyperion Records. CDA67518.
  • McCallum, Peter (2007). "Program notes - Gerhard Oppitz performs Beethoven" (PDF). Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2016-06-21.

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