Playing Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas

Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 49/2

There isn't much of value in this work that Beethoven never intended to publish. Its opus number is misleading, as it was actually written around the time of his opus 2 sonatas. The lack of dynamic markings gives the pianist the extra task of shaping the work in an interesting fashion. Given the amount of repetition in this work, failure to do so will guarantee a monotonous result. Several dynamic schemes are possible, but one should be mindful to follow the contours of the form. The work's sparse texture does not lend itself well to lots of pedal.

I. Allegro, ma non troppo

• exposition

NOTES: The greatest challenge of this movement is to create something interesting out of a limited set of resources. This presents the even greater danger of overdoing it. Simplicity is the key to a good sound.

• development

NOTES: Let the harmony guide your phrasing in the development section. The short section begins with rising fifths until the half cadence in m. 59 and then proceeds with descending fifths to achieve the home key of G major. To summarize, a three-measure model (mm. 53–55) is sequence in mm. 56–58, leading to an extended dominant in E. The harmony in mm. 63–66 descends by fifths, leading to the home-key dominant in m. 66.


II. Tempo di Menuetto - Coming Soon!