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

Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso (1)

Bars 1 - 36

Again we have another expanded last movement which continues with the elusive nature of the third movement. Much like the last movement of Sonata No. 2, this one is in Rondo form with a tumultuous section in the middle.

The unexpected modulation to E major towards the end shows another possible homage to Haydn’s last piano sonata in E-flat, where he wrote the second movement in the key of E major. Whereas virtuosic finales were more common in his compositions up to this point, here, Beethoven shows maturity by wrapping up this Grand Sonata with a graceful, quiet ending, with a sense of acceptance and even a touch of charm.

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