How do I analyze the sequences in the development of the first movement of Beethoven's Pathetique?

I see an imperfect sequence between the first 6 measures (ms. 137-142) and the next 6 measures (ms.143-148). For 2 measures and 1 beat, measures 143-145 follow measures 137-139 a step lower. Then, beginning on the second beat of measure 145, he skips to a step higher, and stays that way until the end of measure 148.

What is the most simplest of Beethoven's songs to master?

You can't play songs on a piano - you have to sing them. You can play one of many piano pieces that Beethoven wrote. I recommend you get a copy of "Beethoven - 16 of his easiest piano selections" published by Alfreds. See your local music shop or

Why was the 5th Symphony of Beethoven played on Radio Londres to announce the Normandy landing?

1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill starts the "V for Victory" campaign as BBC Radio broadcasts to the world. The first four notes of Ludwig von Beethoven's Fifth Symphony match the Morse code for the letter "V": dot dot dot dash. Listeners are instructed to tap the code, and to paint the "V" in occupied territories.

What are the easiest beethoven compositions for the piano?

Here you can download a free copy of the 16-measure Russian Folk Song: There are several sites where you can download Fur Elise. When I was a kid, I liked to play the C major contradance, and I think he wrote several other contradances. Among the Beethoven piano sonatas, the g minor and G major sonatas, op. 49, are the easiest. I have the two-volume "Anson Introduces Beethoven" set, published by Willis Music Co. It contains Minuet in G, Fur Elise, the F major sonatina, and some lesser-known pieces. Alfred Publishing Co. puts out a delightful series of collections of easier keyboard works by famous composers. Theirr editors dig deep into the archives to find unjustifiably neglected compositions by those composers. They then present those compositions, along with the justifiably celebrated compositions. I haven't seen their publication "Beethoven: An Introduction to his Piano Works," but it is a safe bet. They also publish Beethoven's "Seven Sonatinas." The G major sonatina is nice. Here is a video of this sonatina played by a diligent 8-year-old student: If you are interested in four-hand compositions also, there is a set of German dances published by C. F. Peters. Beethoven also wrote some 4-hand sonatas which are not difficult. With this, you should have enough to present an all-Beethoven recital.

How did composers before Beethoven make a living?

Composers make a living nowadays, the same way that they did 500 years ago. People with money to burn hire a composer to write for them for a particular occassion e.g. royalty and nobility would usually have a court composer who would write music especially for parties and the like. Composers would often teach music as an everyday job (to pay the bills), again royalty and nobility would have a court composer who would teach them music and write music for them to play in lessons. Finally, some composers were also performers, they'd be hired on to play music as well as write it at times. Nowadays it's much the same. Major companies hire a composer to write for a film, theatre production, radio or TV show etc. Composers would often teach music as a sideline job to pay bills and more often than not would perform other people's music as well to help earn an extra bit of cash. Some composers even have a regular 9 to 5 job to pay their bills. I work in a studio as my day to day job, a friend of mine works in a petrol station and another composer friend is a manager in a hotel. It all depends on your situation. Not much has changed for composers except for the technology around them.

What level is the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven?

Most people classify it as intermediate. So intermediate...

What are the best historical locations related to Beethoven to see in Vienna?

You are posting this in the US travel section. I doubt you'll get an answer.

Why do people compare Beethoven with Mozart if they both were actually very different?

THANK YOU! I ask myself this every time I see these ridiculous 'which is better?' or 'who do you prefer?' questions. As suhwahaksaeng says, it's comparing apples and oranges. What does it matter anyway? I wish (oh, how I wish!) people could just accept each composer for his or her own merits and the music they composed, rather than feeling the need to ask 'who is best?' Thanks for asking this, but I doubt it will stem the flow of brainless questions in this section.


He was a german composer slash piano player in the 18th century. he wrote famous songs like *the moonlight sonata * fur elise * Beethoven's Fifth Symphony he was an amazing pianist because he composed a lot of his music being deaf! he lost his hearing in his twenties but made up concerts anyway by putting his head on the piano to get the vibes


I'll address your second question first. He's classical because his works (especially his early ones) are directly descended from the music of Mozart and Haydn. The style is very classical, using classical cadences and harmonies, etc. However, when Beethoven began to lose his hearing, he began to change his outlook on life and on music. He used music to communicate his feelings at the time of composition. This became first apparent with his third symphony (Sinfonia Eroica). You can also hear traces of this with his 8th piano sonata (the Pathetique). In essence, Beethoven was single-handedly responsible for the transition between the Classical and Romantic periods.