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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8


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Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Beethoven the Pianist

Beethoven was a pianist. During his lifetime, the piano changed quite a bit, and those changes were reflected in the music Beethoven composed for the intstrument. William Black, head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talks with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development of the piano.

Track list:
Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto
Beethoven: Sonata #21 “Waldstein”
Beethoven: Sonata #14 “Moonlight”
Beethoven: Sonata #8 “Pathetique”
Beethoven: Sonata #17 “Tempest”
Beethoven: Sonata #14 “Moonlight”

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Inside a harpsichord, the strings are plucked by little quills.



2.Inside a piano, the strings are hit by hammers.



3. Many of Beethoven's piano sonatas show how large the piano keyboard of his time was.



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