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Some good Beethoven introduction pieces?
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So, I've been wanting to get into Beethoven. I'm especially a fan of his: Sonata no. 110 and 111. Though, that would be an eventual goal.

I'm looking for some good introduction pieces. I've only played the piece he wrote for Elise.

To give you an idea of my skill. I've almost entirely played Debussy Children Corner. I've finished Bach invention 1 / 4 / 8. And the last piece I've finished is Mozarts k397.

So far I've mainly played Mozart, Bach & Debussy. I want to add some beethoven repertoire!


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The Op.49 sonatas (also known as sonatinas) should be within your grasp, as are selected movements from other sonatas (like Op.2/1 - I & II), and some of the Bagatelles.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ne-ds40-k

Moonlight Sonata Movements 1 and 2

Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento
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Thanks! I do think I do have the sheet music of the Sonatina's in a book somewhere.

Oh and very nice Pianoloverus, I especially love the variations!!

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From your forum posts you seem to be playing pieces of similar difficulty to mine. I did the op. 2 no. 1 sonata, 1st movement and found it challenging but doable. It's one of my personal favorites. Op. 49 is easy. Moonlight 1st movement is a bit cliché (just like Für Elise wink ) but also easy.

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Following also for figure ideas. Moonlight first mvmt is cliche but soooo good I really enjoyed learning it. It was my first classical piece - my gateway piece.


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To the good suggestions above I would add op 13, second movement of the famous Pathetique. Beethoven is a polyphonic composer and this is a good, slower intro to carrying voices over a gorgeous melody. This piece is my first love in music and one of the strong reasons I took up the piano, even this late in life. There is also the andante from Op 79, the second movement. It's very like a pre-Mendelssohn "Songs Without Words"-style composition. The second theme might be difficult but the first is approachable and both are playable well by a good amateur. Links to both below:

Adagio Cantabile (Op 13, second mvmt):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGq3-Fi_zQY

Andante (Op 79, second mvmt):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgPIARFhMfA&t=292s

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Adagio Cantabile is on my list of eventual reach pieces.


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The Bagatelles opus 119. Or, if these are not challenging enough, the opus 33 Bagatelles.


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The book ‘The Joy Of Beethoven’ - piano solos is a good resource and includes a lot of the pieces mentioned here. My copy is several years old, , but the printing is clear and of a size that’s easy to read. $12.99 USD at Amazon.


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Originally Posted by MH1963
The book ‘The Joy Of Beethoven’ - piano solos is a good resource and includes a lot of the pieces mentioned here. My copy is several years old, , but the printing is clear and of a size that’s easy to read. $12.99 USD at Amazon.


https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Beethoven-Piano-Books-Music/dp/0825680263



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I really enjoyed learning Woo 82....it's only two pages and perhaps not challenging enough for you...but I think it's lovely.

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Thanks for the suggestions!

two other that also seemed quite doable are these:




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I would suggest Beethoven Bagatelles would be my suggestion as introduction pieces.

Fur Elise is a Bagatelle.

Here you can have a listen to them.


They range to easy.



I would say these are intermediate, these I played as a chlid so grade 4-6ish.





Some are really hard.




Have a listen,



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Take a look at some of his Bagatelles and Sonatinas! smile

Edit: Sonatina means little sonata, so they are smaller/ easier versions of sonatas.

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These are the pieces I've got in my book.

https://imgur.com/a/K49S007

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The book seems quite uninspiring to me, except for the march which is fantastique but very challenging, I dont think you have a great selection there.

I myself would go with this piece which jandz suggested

It is a really great piece, it was grade 6 standard, so I think this would be a great piece introduction.



I will play it myself on the weekend !

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You might give this book a try. It's around $11 and has a nice sampling of his pieces so you can get a feel for which type you might want to pursue further. It is edited so keep that in mind as you play. The earlier ones in the book I can sight read and the later ones are reachable but require practice.

https://www.alfred.com/an-introduction-to-his-piano-works/p/00-607/

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I also have a couple henle editions in my wish list. There's an easy dance book. Easy by henle standards is intermediate for most of us. And an easy piano pieces book.


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