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Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven's Piano Sonata no. 14 in C# minor is also known as the Moonlight Sonata. It is made up of three movements: I. Adagio sostenuto, II. Allegretto & III. Presto agitato, but the 1st movement is the one you'll recognize. Beethoven dedicated it to one of his piano students, the Countess Guilietta Guicciardi. After Beethoven died, a poet named Ludwig Rellstab said that the first movement sounded like moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne, and the nickname stuck.

Watch the Performance

Here is Anastasia Huppmann performing the whole Moonlight Sonata at the Yamaha Concert Hall in Vienna. She includes a reflection in the description if you want to dig in!


3rd Movement

You might have hear the 1st movement almost too many times, but have you heard the 3rd movement? It's just as gorgeous, and not nearly as overplayed as the 1st movement. Here our favourite Marnie Laird from over at Brooklyn Classical performs it.


The Muppet Show

This is only 59 seconds long, but worth it! Rowlf performs the Moonlight Sonata with a special cameo appearance from the moon.


Fly Me to The Moon

All of these moon crafts were so interesting and fun looking we couldn't pick just one to share with you. From a space rock experiment to paper lamp moons to phases of the moon, there's a craft in here for everyone.


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