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Ludwig van Beethoven composed the Sonatina in G major op. 79 in 1809/1810; virtually as an afterthought to his work on larger piano compositions: the E flat major Piano Concerto; the Choral Fantasy; and the “Les Adieux” Sonata. Beethoven's spirit is present in this composition too; even if it was not; perhaps; afforded an equally intensive degree of inspiration and artistic effort. The “Presto alla tedesca” became famous because the motif of a third; like the call of a cuckoo; is taken through all the keys. The middle movement is pervaded by unpretentious beauty in the form of a melancholic Russian melody; while the finale delights with its humoresque character. The work's modest level of technical difficulty makes it a musically demanding practice and recital piece. Conrad Hansen's highly regarded fingerings will be very helpful in this process.