Learn how to play the the slow movement from Beethoven's 'Pathétique' Sonata

01 December 2021
By Ellie Palmer
Beethoven's famous sonata is our Score Pick of the Month for December. Download issue 123 of Pianist below for the full score and in-depth lesson on how to play the piece


Heralding the Romantic era, Beethoven’s Sonata No 8, written in 1798, is one of his most popular. Unlike most of the nicknames given to Beethoven’s works, ‘Pathétique’ is believed to have been picked by the composer himself to convey its romantic and sometimes tragic mood.

Each movement conveys a different feeling: the first starts out dark and dramatic, the second is full of romance and longing, and the third is a tempestuous rondo. The outer movements require an advanced technique, but this intensely lyrical interlude – which takes the form of a song in several distinct sections – is the perfect piece for the intermediate-level pianist to learn.

The full score, plus an in-depth lesson from pianist and teacher Melanie Spanswick, is available inside issue 123 of Pianist which you can download straight to your phone, tablet or smartphone today. The lesson will target your:

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✔ Voicing

✔ Ornamentation

✔ Discipline (with ornaments)


Have fun with it!

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