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Adagio (Piano Sonata, Op.2 No.1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/14/20)
Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Classicism
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) published his "Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 in 1797. It is a well-known piece, famous for the "Adagio," the beautiful 2nd movement. The work is dedicated to Joseph Haydn.

The fine transcription for organ was done by George C. Martin (1844-1916). Martin was a student of John Stainer at Oxford, and then Sub-Organist (1876-1888) of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and then Organist (1888-1916).

He wrote a very popular book, "The Art of Training Choir Boys," which became a standard on the subject, and was appointed a Member (4th class) of the Victorian Order in 1902.

Martin is very literal in his transcription, most of the notes being "identical" to the original piano version. It isn't padded or filled out, and works very well on the organ.

The refined sound of the Hereford Willis was a natural choice for this music that flows with calm dignity in a sort of continual evolving variation.

The scoreis attached below, as well as two paintings of Beethoven, and a photo of George C. Martin.

I have several other Beethoven piano sonata transcriptions uploaded, and you can hear those here:

Adagio cantabile (Sonate Pathetique, Op. 13)

Funeral March (Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat, Op. 26)

I think you'll find both of these checking out. :-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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