Beethoven included the phrase "Quasi una fantasia" (Italian: Like a fantasy) in the title because the sonata does not follow the traditional sonata pattern where the first movement is in regular sonata form, and the movements are arranged in a fast-slow-fast sequence. Beethoven wrote this sonata in 1801 and dedicated it to his pupil, the 17-year-old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, with whom he was (or, according to some accounts, had been) in love.
In 1832, several years after Beethoven's death, the German poet and music critic Ludwig Rellstab compared the music of the first movement to moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne, giving rise to the work's byname.
The "Moonlight" Sonata is one of Beethoven's most popular works, and the ADAGIO SOSTENUTO is one of the most beautiful (and easier!) movements of the whole sonata.
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Catalogue No: 3007 - Grade D - Piano.