Piano+ Annual Giving Program
The Pathétique – $100 Donation
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13
The Sonate Pathétique was written in 1798 when Beethoven was 27 years old and was published in 1799. Dedicated to his patron and friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky, it has remained one of Beethoven’s most celebrated and beloved compositions.
The Moonlight – $250 Donation
Piano Sonata No.14 in C♯ minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia’
The Moonlight Sonata was completed in 1801 and dedicated the next year to Beethoven’s pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. The piece is as enduringly popular now as it was in Beethoven’s own day.
The Tempest – $600 Donation
Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2
The Tempest, composed in 1802 was, like the Moonlight, not given this title by Beethoven, nor indeed referred to as such during his lifetime. The name comes from a claim by his colleague Anton Schindler that the sonata was inspired by Shakespeare’s play.
The Waldstein – $1,000 Donation
Piano Sonata No.21 in C Major Op.53
The Waldstein, composed in 1803, when Beethoven was 33 years old and already deaf, is one of the three most notable sonatas of Beethoven’s middle period. The sonata’s nickname derives from Beethoven’s dedication to his patron and close friend Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein of Vienna.
The Appassionata – $2,500 Donation
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57
The so-called Appassionata is another of the three most famous sonatas of Beethoven’s middle period and was dedicated to Count Franz von Brunswick. The Sonata was not nicknamed during the composer’s lifetime, but by the publisher of a four-hand arrangement of the work in 1838. It was Beethoven’s own favourite and there is no doubt the nickname is apt.
Les Adieux/Das Lebewohl – $5,000 Donation
Piano Sonata No.26 in E♭ Major Op.81A
The French attack on Vienna, led by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1809, forced Beethoven’s patron, the Archduke Rudolph, to leave the city. Beethoven composed the sonata in 1810, dedicating it “on the departure of his Imperial Highness, for the Archduke Rudolph in admiration”.
The Hammerklavier – $10,000 Donation
Piano Sonata No.29 in B♭ Major Op.106
Again dedicated to his patron, the Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier is the mightiest of his sonatas and one of the most challenging in the entire piano literature.