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Beethoven wrote 32 sonatas for piano. Volume 2; edited by Stewart Gordon; includes Sonatas 9--15 (Op. 14; Nos. 1--2; Op. 22; Op. 26; Op. 27; Nos. 1--2; and Op. 28); written between 1798 and 1801 and published shortly after they were written. Of the sonatas in this volume; autographs exist for Op. 26; Op. 27; No. 2 (the first and final pages are missing); and Op. 28. This edition is based on the existing autographs and the first editions; published by various Viennese engravers. Dr. Gordon discusses a variety of topics including Beethoven's life; the pianos of his time and their limitations; Beethoven's use of articulation; ornamentation; tempo; and the age-old challenge of attempting to determine the definitive interpretation of Beethoven's music. Valuable performance recommendations; helpful fingering suggestions and ornament realizations are offered in this comprehensive critical body of Beethoven's sonatas. Where performance options are open to interpretation; other editors' conclusions are noted; enabling students and teachers to make informed performance decisions.
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