Three Piano Sonatas, WoO 47 (Beethoven)
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The Three Early Piano Sonatas, WoO 47, "Kurfürstensonaten" were composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1782 and 1783, when he was twelve and thirteen years old. The sonatas show a certain level of precocity and serve as a precursor to the masterworks he later produced. They are dedicated to the Elector (Kurfürst) Maximilian Frederick.
Like Mozart's, Beethoven's musical talent was recognised at a young age, and these three sonatas give an early glimpse of the composer's abilities, as well as his boldness. Beethoven was writing in a form usually attempted by older, more mature composers, as the sonata was a cornerstone of Classical piano literature.
No. 1 in E-flat major
No. 2 in F minor
No. 3 in D major
- Song, Moo Kyoung (2002). The Evolution of Sonata-Form Design in Ludwig van Beethoven's Early Piano Sonatas, WoO 47 to Opus 22 (PDF) (Ph. D). Austin: University of Texas.
- Thayer, A. W. (1921). Krehbiel, Henry Edward, ed. The Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Vol 1. The Beethoven Association. OCLC 422583.
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