Wednesday Music: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 (Pathétique)

I know, I’ve been very lax in posting Wednesday Music the past two (?) weeks, but I’m back. I want my readers to get their weekly dose of classical music, so I chose a piece near and dear to my heart that I was listening to this weekend. It’s Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, which is commonly known as Sonata Pathétique. Here’s a bit about it.

  • This is one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces and he wrote it in 1798, when he was only twenty-seven.
  • Some people think Beethoven was influenced by Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 because they are in the same key and have some similarities in their movements. I don’t know enough about either piece to make a judgment on whether this is accurate!
  • This piece is in three movements. The first two are slow and the third is much faster.

Another fun fact is I once played a violin arrangement of this piece on a local TV program when I was younger. No, I do not have a recording of it, and even if I did, I probably wouldn’t share it here because it’s probably too embarrassing! 🙂


Or click here to see on YouTube.


2 thoughts on “Wednesday Music: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 (Pathétique)

  1. Krystian Zimmerman is my son’s favorite pianist. Brought joy to my heart to find this piece here today.


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