Beethoven on Board - Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major

Allegro molto e con brio (1)

Bars 1 - 12

The first movement shares a key with Haydn’s last piano sonata in E-flat major which was written in 1794. It certainly inherits a sense of character and the grandeur of Haydn’s work which is perhaps also evident in Beethoven’s last piano concerto, Emperor, also in E-flat major. This large-scale first movement incorporates Beethoven’s hallmark dynamism, refreshing motives, extremely contrasting characters and intriguing modulations.

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