Tune of the Day: Adagio cantabile
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written when the composer was 27 years old, and published in 1799. Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven's liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities.
This sonata is one of Beethoven's most well-known works, and perhaps the earliest of Beethoven's compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity. It has three movements, of which the middle Adagio is arguably the most popular, opening with a famous cantabile (songful) melody. This theme is played three times, always in A-flat major, separated by two modulating episodes.
Thanks to Jackie for suggesting this piece!