Ludwig van Beethoven, composer; Alexander Panizza, piano T
he Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2. It was completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. The popular name “Moonlight Sonata” goes back to a critic’s remark after Beethoven’s death. The piece is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favorite even in his own day. Beethoven wrote the “Moonlight Sonata” in his early thirties, after he had finished with some commissioned work; there is no evidence that he was commissioned to write this sonata. [Source: Wikipedia] Mr. Panizza’s performance is remarkable, as is the video which Mr. Panizza also created. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to present Mr. Panizza’s performances as part of our online digital content series.
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