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Moonlight Sonata

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (adapt. Andrew F. Poor)

Subtitle: Sonata Quasi una Fantasia

This work bears the designation Opus 27, No. 2.

General Info

Year: 1801 / 2010
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The lush and haunting sounds of Beethoven’s universally loved Moonlight Sonata are faithfully brought to life in Andrew F. Poor’s colorful setting for band. Listeners and performers will be able to imagine Beethoven sitting at a piano as the sounds of the band dramatically emerge from the musical score.

- Program Note from publisher

The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2, is a piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. 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, likening the music to the moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne.

The piece is one of Beethoven's most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favourite 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.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB


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