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Sonata Op.27 No.2 "Moonlight" sheet music for piano solo by Ludwig van Beethoven, classical score, advanced skill level
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Skill Level: advanced
Duration: 13' 08"
Note Range: F1-E6
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Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No.2

by Ludwig van Beethoven for piano solo

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User Rating: Rating: 5 (62 user reviews)
"This is the "real" Moonlight Sonata- no shortcuts! Excellent quality sheet music, plus you get the mp3's and other files so you can hear how it's supposed to sound. Very good return for a small investment. No complaints..." [show more]

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High quality Digital sheet music for piano, "Moonlight", New Edition, fingerings included.

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piano solo
Skill Level:
Key Signatures:
C# minor, C major, Db major
Time Signatures:
4/4, 3/4
♩=50-230 BPM (real metronome 50-208 BPM)
13' 08"
29 (actual music: 25 pages)
Note Range:
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Adagio sostenuto
Presto agitato
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Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata Sheet Music

by Jennifer Vose

As Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor (Op. 27, No. 2) casts its dreamy, nocturnal spell, it's hard to imagine that Beethoven wasn't gazing upon his beloved, bathed in moonlight, as he penned the hauntingly-beautiful, polyrhythmic first movement (marked Adagio Sostenuto). Despite Beethoven's own sentiments that "Surely I've written better things," fellow composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) described the first movement as "one of those poems that human language does not know how to qualify."

This most well-known of Beethoven's sonatas, however, was not unofficially named "Moonlight" until well-after Beethoven's death when, in 1832, German music critic and poet, Ludwig Rellstab, expressed that the meditative first movement reminded him of moonlight reflecting on the waters of Lake Lucerne.

When the piece was written in the summer of 1801, Beethoven had fallen passionately in love with his 17-year-old pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. In fact, the Moonlight Sonata was eventually dedicated to her, although only after the composition originally intended for her was assigned to another patron. Giulietta accepted Beethoven's marriage proposal, but with her parents' forbiddance of the union, their life together was never to be.

The first movement is so beloved and has garnered such fame that many probably fail to realize that two additional movements take listeners on an impassioned journey that only Beethoven can forge. Often thought of as a bridge between the first and third movements, the second movement, a charming, dance-like scherzo marked "allegretto," was described by Franz Liszt (1811-1886) as "a flower between two chasms." In the third movement, marked "presto allegretto," the calm waters of the first movement are broken by a stormy cascade of notes, sending revelers far from the calm of the moonlight into a place of unbridled passion and impetuousness. Perhaps, then, it is no coincidence that it was in 1801 when, according to some accounts, Beethoven began expressing grave concerns about his impending deafness - no doubt a time of great uncertainty and turbulence.

The technical simplicity of the first movement lies in stark contrast to the third movement which, with Beethoven's many complex, often-ignored markings, is daunting for even the most virtuosic of pianists. Those who might unfairly relegate the first movement to "cliche" status will be rewarded with second and third movements that are anything but commonplace, creating a piece that, in its entirety, takes listeners and players on a quintessentially Beethovenian journey.


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Reviews about Sonata Op.27 No.2:

Rating: 5 Great with YouTube by on October 2019
Not interested by the MP3, just the music sheet pdf.
I also appreciate that there is a YouTube vidéo about it (piano) and that helps a lot.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on October 2019
Thank you Francis for your posted review. I am glad you liked this edition of ours, and you enjoyed the YouTube videos included.

Please, let me know if I can help with anything else, glad to assist you at any time.

Enjoy your stay here on VSM and keep up the great music!

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Rating: 4 Good could be better by on July 2019
Easy method to purchase. Music too small to read without squinting/craning neck. Could have enlarged as there is a lot of space in the border of the paper.
S EXLEY on July 2019
Thank you so much, I am impressed with the level of customer service! Awesome.
Rating: 5 5 stars by on March 2019
Had a great experience. The sample was large enough for me to decide that I really wanted the full version, and the purchase and download was seamless and easy. This is a great composition, and the suggestions they offered me to try were also right on par with what I'm looking for. 5 star service, done right the first time!
Rating: 5 great by on December 2018
everything was ok, thank you for fast sending.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on December 2018
You are very welcome Michal!
Rating: 5 Love the music by  * VSM MEMBER * on April 2017
I love the easy way of printing the music and it is well worth it.
Rating: 5 Excellent by on February 2013
It was very good I love the app it is really useful
Rating: 5 Excellent version by on April 2012
This is the "real" Moonlight Sonata- no shortcuts!
Excellent quality sheet music, plus you get the mp3's and other files so you can hear how it's supposed to sound. Very good return for a small investment. No complaints at all.
Rating: 5 Beethoven Sonata Op.27 No. 2 by on April 2012
Challenging but well worth it!
Rating: 5 BEETHOVEN "MOONLIGHT" by on July 2010
Excellent is all I can say.
Regards / Bernard Graux
Rating: 5 love it by on May 2010
I heard it when Martin L. Gore did it (Depeche mode) it inspired me to try it i love it now

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