Four years ago, I was having lunch with an editor who mentioned that Beethoven had fallen in love with one of his piano students. The editor thought it would make a good novel. Was I interested? I was intrigued, but intimidated. Now Beethoven was encouraging me to mourn, hypnotizing me with doleful, dronelike melody. Over the next two weeks, I listened to nothing but Beethoven. Soon, the titan had taken over my life. I wrestled with his music. I wrestled with his dozens of biographies. Her name was Countess Julie Guicciardi.
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Fly me to the moon
Moonlight Sonata , byname of Piano Sonata No. The piece was completed in , published the following year, and premiered by the composer himself, whose hearing was still adequate but already deteriorating at the time. Beethoven dedicated the work to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, a year-old aristocrat who was his student for a short time.
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The Piano Sonata No. It was completed in and dedicated in to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. The piece is one of Beethoven's most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favorite even in his own day. The first edition of the score is headed Sonata quasi una fantasia , a title this work shares with its companion piece, Op. The name Moonlight Sonata comes from remarks made by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab.