Philip Daniel wrote:I admire this sonata among the many great piano sonatas of Beethoven. Written at the peak of High Classicism in music, when beloved greats such as Haydn, Albrechtsberger, Dittersdorf, Hoffmann, Vanhal, & Clementi were composing their most formalistically refined and endurable works, Beethoven composed this most expressionate & passionate of all sonatas. The first movement, with its dotted-rythm introduction, recalling the similar ouverture to Bach's 2nd Partita for keyboard, that leads into the contrapuntally & rythmically driven sonata-allegro that dominates for the rest of the movement, is at once pensive and electrifying, and is the first work where Beethoven can be called a true genius. The melodious, cantilena-like middle movement that is rightly so famed as a gem in his work and the fiery last movement attest to the sense of diversity and variety that came so natural to him. In this sonata we become aware of his talents for motivic development, schematic tonal & modal relationships and large-scale form that manifest themselves later in even greater compositions.
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