Learning Video & PDF Sheet Music
Piano Sonata No. 14, ‘Moonlight’
by Ludwig v. Beethoven
Companion Reference Video
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Today I’m happy to present an educational/reference video (at bottom) that features real-time playback of a popular piece of Sheet Music that I sell here : Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Entire First Movement – Sheet Music with Letters & Notes together (PDF).
ABOUT THE SHEET MUSIC (LETTERS & NOTES TOGETHER)
If you click on our Moonlight Sonata product image above (this takes you to our product page, on this website), you can see all the details about this professionally engraved sheet music for piano, and also purchase it, for immediate and/or later downloads.
In a nutshell, this sheet music is the complete First Movement of Ludwig v. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 (famously known as ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, taken from a poetic description of this, the First Movement, by a music critic of Beethoven’s time).
Every note on this professionally engraved and annotated sheet music is accurately labeled with its musical letter-name, such as C, G, F#, Bb.
ABOUT THE VIDEO (below):
This video can be useful as a reference when making sure you have your bearings in the sheet music.
When you scroll through it, you can tell what page and measure is being highlighted and played at any spot, by looking in the little preview square (as you move the play head around). YOU CAN ALSO SLOW THIS VIDEO DOWN, using YouTube’s playback settings for the video – just click on the gear icon in the lower right of the player window.
There is also a Keyboard Video graphic, just below the sheet music view, that highlights and sounds every note being played from the highlighted sheet music, in sync with the sheet music audio, in real time.
Please see below this video for more interesting stuff about Moonlight Sonata!
Moonlight Sonata with Letters – Sheet music playback with piano
More About Moonlight Sonata
What is the official, original name of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata?
The formal name of ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, as a complete work in 3 movements, is:
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2.
When was Moonlight Sonata written?
Completed in 1801, Beethoven dedicated the complete work, Piano Sonata No. 14, to his pupil Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, the next year (1802).
Why is it called ‘Moonlight’ Sonata?
The popular name Moonlight Sonata goes back to a critic’s remark after Beethoven’s death, specifically regarding a feeling of moonlight being evoked in this, the slow, haunting, First Movement, which we have for you here for download (this takes you to the sheet music).
What does Quasi una fantasia mean?
In Italian–the most common language for performance directions, in formal Western/European music notation–Quasi una fantasia means, “in the manner of a fantasy.” Lapse into a dream, a meditation, maybe a rich memory–a musically-enhanced memory, when playing this piece, and you will have honored Beethoven’s performance direction!
How many movements is Sonata No. 14, ‘Moonlight?”
There are three movements in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14. The nickname ‘Moonlight’ is technically only a reference to the First Movement, which we are offering here, with this video and sheet music.
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