Sonate No. 14, Moonlight 3rd Movement

Uploaded on Dec 21, 2011

Last Movement of Moonlight Sonata written by Ludwig van Beethoven. The stormy final movement (C♯ minor), in sonata form, is the weightiest of the three, reflecting an experiment of Beethoven's (also carried out in the companion sonata, Opus 27, No. 1 and later on in Opus 101) placement of the most important movement of the sonata last. The writing has many fast arpeggios and strongly accented notes, and an effective performance demands lively and skillful playing.

It is thought that the C♯ minor sonata, particularly the third movement, was the inspiration for Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu, which manifests the key relationships of the sonata's three movements.

Of the final movement, Charles Rosen has written "it is the most unbridled in its representation of emotion. Even today, two hundred years later, its ferocity is astonishing."

Beethoven's heavy use of sforzando notes, together with just a few strategically located fortissimo passages, creates the sense of a very powerful sound in spite of the predominance of piano markings throughout. Within this turbulent sonata-allegro, there are two main themes, with a variety of variation techniques utilized.

piano Classical Sonata c no 1 no. Fantasia minor sharp beethoven Movement moonlight op. una opus op 27 3rd moll C-sharp Sonate 14 ciss quasi

Pages 12
Duration 06:46
Measures 201
Key signature 4 sharps
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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I started playing because of "Moonlight Sonata" and i will one day play this. So far I am working on "First Arabesque"
I've had piano lessons for abt 8 years. Looks pretty hard because of how fast it is but on the other hand sounds beautiful. Do you think I should attempt it? Or would it be too hard?
No you can try too play this I do some piano leesons about 7 years and I can play this
Go for it! I personally struggle with the left hand, even after a decade of overall playing/lessons, but it is definitely doable with practice!
this song helps to imagine the beauty of 🌒 moon
Grt song
if you play this at 75% speed you can tell it’s easier than it looks. it’s just a bunch of broken chords played really fast
played this already. moving on to la campella
after i played it, i had to get a repair crew for the piano and i got sent to the ER
Hey, nice broken chord practice....
I've been playing piano for six months and I'm actually obsessed with it :). I got the first part down and it really isn't that difficult if you practice the techniques and just the piece itself. (Just like any other piece)
This song is great was learning with books but I find musescore to be much better. I have been playing piano for a year and I am halfway through this song so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t the best player. Give it a try.
I've been playing for around 8 months and am currently learning this. Fortunately most of the complexities come from the sheer speed. It's a great challenge nonetheless. Definitely use a metronome on this!
I took lessons for 10 years, I’ve kept it up for the last 5 years, but haven’t learned any new classical pieces in that time. This is my first one since and i have been LOVING it. Musescore makes it so much easier to learn. Good luck folks!
This is just my favorite music in the whole world. I think comes the time to study it. Now downloading, wish me luck!
i have only been playing for half a year and a can complete a least a measure and that's saying something
Well, I assume 10 years is enough for me to be able to play 1 page of this.
i was playing this song and accidentally went to sleep when i wake up i find out i can't even lift my hands

try this song at your own risk
Guys, start with la campanella and you will find this way easier cos it's very similar
Just saying the average person can’t play la Campanella. We’re not all prodigies like you...
Off to transpose this to baritone, wish me luck. (I have very little hope, only been playing for 3 years)
Change the ending a bit so it is dramatic
It’s not his composition, he doesn’t make the decisions.
Sooo...This is a pretty hard song. For those who are thinking of playing this but have tiny hands (like me XD), shave off the top note of the octave for now. But honestly, after the bouncing around in the first few measures, and any measure after that it’s relatively easy. After you finish this, you are virtually a pro! BEST OF LUCK! (Thanks ClassicMan!)
My hands are too small, but yes, I have
I suggest u practice la campanella, first 4 pages maybe, then when you become familiar with it, you play it with your eyes closed (first 4 pages), then come back to this song.
7th year student at 12 with tiny hands...
So how is this moonlight? But still, this is wonderful!
Moonlight was a nickname given to the first and most popular movement of this sonata by Ludwig Rellstab, not by Beethoven himself.
He just came up with this on the spot. That's insane.
So to sum it up for people who are thinking of playing this:

It looks pretty hard (at least, it did to me) and the first few tries, it pretty much was. But then I kept practicing and it eventually got pretty easy. I’m not even officially practicing this with my teacher (yet) but by the time I do, I’ll be pretty pro already.

For the notes that just bounce around, those are quite hard to get the hang of. But again, solve that by practicing.
Octaves I surprisingly found pretty easy, but this REALLY tests me when I try to do the octave trills. Not sure how to do them myself, do I trill both at the same time or just the top? If someone knows, please reply. But for now, I’m just playing the notes given, minus the trills (just for those octave trills.)

From reading the comments, I feel guilty, like I haven’t been practicing enough though for keyboard theory I’m pretty advanced with. I’m sure at least a couple people here feel the same thing as me, and technically I’m not even supposed to be playing this until two years later (I’m a level 7). Who knows.

I only accomplished the first, what, seventy measures so far, and I feel pretty good about myself. It sounds really sloppy though, so I’m going to spend time working on that but also building up until I can play that first section at full speed. If I don’t have all of the notes by the end of this year, though, I’m going to be mad. I’m missing my last page (I have my own copy) so I’ll print it out from here.

Good luck to all future players, and great job to all who accomplish(ed) it.

PS there’s even scarier music out there, just FYI. Check out ClassicMans profile and you’ll see several pieces by Alkan, and oh my goodness I nearly fainted at the sight of them. Keep up the great work ClassicMan!
For the octave trills, you only trill the top note. Still extremely hard and requires dexterity in your fourth and fifth fingers.
Geez I did write a lot, didn’t I. 🤔 oh well but I forgot to mention I also played the first movement for my last year’s recital, I was pretty good but I got sick of playing it over and over again until I had my CM. It sounds beautiful, but this movement is definitely my favorite because it’s fast paced. I actually found this piece when I was watching the news and that pizza man played it on someone’s piano. Search it up, really cool.
To talk about the trills. I recommend pointing your finger tips in the air while rotating your wrist fast and keeping your hand pretty still. It may cramp at first with the speed of this piece but you will get used to it with practice. ☺️