The piano – orchestra

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When 27-year-old Ludwig Van Beethoven composedSonata Op. 7 No. 4 in 1797, the first “grand sonata” in 4 movements, he had not yet composed the first symphony, but the orchestra is clearly present from the chords of the first movement’s entrance.

Op. 10 No. 3 opens with a Presto of great agility. Contrast then Il Largo e mesto, which reflects despondency at the severe diagnosis of the hearing disorders that already afflicted him, but immediately there is the positive reaction already in the following Minuet.

Finally,Op. 26 is an essay in compositional mastery, from the variations to the extraordinary Allegro finale.

All very “symphonic” compositions.

Beethoven sought an image beyond the piano of his time, which he found by exploiting the imitative capabilities of the instrument.

An image of collectivity, that is, of the society that was being formed, the bourgeois society.