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Adagio from the Moonlight Sonata (Guitar Solo)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

The Moonlight Sonata

 Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor ''Quasi una fantasia'', popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata, was completed in 1801 (at the age of 31) and dedicated to his pupil, Countess Giuciella Guicciardi, whom he later confessed to have been in love with. (It is hard to conceive how she would have felt having something this beautiful dedicated to her.) Already struggling with deafness, Beethoven was yet to write his greatest works, which as you are no doubt aware, are among the most famous ever composed.

The Sonata is a beloved piece because of its haunting Adagio, with which it begins. This is directed to be played with sustained slowness and very quietly, becoming at the loudest mf or ''moderately loud''.

 The transcription:

For guitar I have dropped the key to Am (which I notice other transcribers for guitar have also done: music is restrictive enough for that sort of coincidence to be expected) since this allows a liberal use of the open A and E strings (in the bass), particularly for the E which grounds the tense diminished scale passage before the recapitulation. It also (serendipitously) keeps most of the more difficult passages at the bottom end (the low fret range) which guitarists become familiar with first.

The piece has a signature rhythmic device which is first encountered at the end of bar five. Hard on the heels of the last note of the final triplet a sixteenth note sounds before a half note of the same pitch in the next bar. There is no dynamic change. How best to play it? I think, like everything involved in playing guitar, once you have basic techniques in place the best thing to do is what feels most natural and gives the sound most faithful to the score. In this case I play the last triplet note with the (right) thumb and the sixteenth note with the middle finger (medio), followed by the half note with the middle finger also (all of which I've marked), but another way may be preferred.

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Allegretto (Cello and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Clarinet and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Flute and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Guitar Duo)
Op. 27, No. 2

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Recorder and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Viola and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto (Violin and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Allegretto Op. 27, No. 2 (Guitar Quartet)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.

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Easy Sonatina (Cello and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Clarinet and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Descant Recorder and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Flute and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Guitar Duo)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Viola and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Easy Sonatina (Violin and Guitar)
No. 37

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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Fur Elise (Clarinet and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

This perennial favourite from the piano repertoire works well for clarinet and guitar...

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Fur Elise (Flute and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

This perennial favourite from the piano repertoire works well for flute and guitar...

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Fur Elise (Oboe and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

This perennial favourite from the piano repertoire works well for oboe and guitar...

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Fur Elise (Violin and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

This perennial favourite from the piano repertoire works well for violin and guitar...

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Ode To Joy (Guitar Duo)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Kids (of all ages) love this melody from Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Recently the local milk marketing board used the tune together with the words "Drink milk, Love life". Not exactly Schiller, but try and get those words out of your head!

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Sonate Pathethique - ii (Guitar Duo)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, commonly known as Pathetique, was published in 1799. Beethoven dedicated the work to Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although thought to be named by the composer himself, it was named by the publisher, impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities. Perhaps the earliest of Beethoven's compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity, it remains one of his most popular sonatas even 200 years after its composition.

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Sonate Pathetique - ii (Cello And Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, commonly known as Pathetique, was published in 1799. Beethoven dedicated the work to Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although thought to be named by the composer himself, it was named by the publisher, impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities. Perhaps the earliest of Beethoven's compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity, it remains one of his most popular sonatas even 200 years after its composition.

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Sonate Pathetique - ii (Clarinet and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

The Adagio movement opens with the famous cantabile ("in a singing style") melody. This theme is played three times, interspersed with two modulating episodes: the first going from F minor to E flat major, the second from A flat minor to E major. With the final return of the main theme, the accompaniment becomes richer and takes on the triplet rhythm of the second episode. The brief coda's stylistic diversity is arresting: four bars of Romantic transcendence followed by a strikingly conventional 18th-century close. Another interesting feature of the Adagio is its range in texture. After having a thick four-voice texture in the principal theme, Beethoven temporarily reduces the texture to one voice near the closing of the B section. The same kind of textural reduction takes place in the opening and last measures of the coda.

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Sonate Pathetique - ii (Viola and Guitar)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, commonly known as "Pathetique", was published in 1799. Beethoven dedicated the work to Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although thought to be named by the composer himself, it was named by the publisher, impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities. Perhaps the earliest of Beethoven's compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity, it remains one of his most popular sonatas even 200 years after its composition.

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