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Sonata quasi una fantasia was the title given to it by Beethoven; and yet the world of music knows it as the Moonlight Sonata – an epithet that was already around during the composer's lifetime. “The lake rests quiet under the light of the moon at twilight; the wave thuds against the dark bank;” wrote Ludwig Rellstab on the 1st movement in 1823. “It is as if we catch sight of a collassal grave in the middle of a lonely plain; palely lit by the sickle moon;” was what Wilhelm von Lenz wrote. Beethoven might have been influenced by the sound of the Aeolian harp; as Murray Perahia and Norbert Gertsch explain in the introductory texts to this edition; referring to the latest research. Perahia also provided the fingerings.
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