Ludwig van Beethoven

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 instrument. William Black, who was head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talked with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development of the piano.
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Music In This Episode

Harpsichord Concerto

Sonata #21 "Waldstein"

Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

Sonata #8 "Pathetique"

Sonata #17 "Tempest"

Sonata #14 "Moonlight"