Alexander John Plowright
About this Song
The 'Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor' by Beethoven, popularly known as 'Moonlight Sonata,' was completed in 1801. It is rumoured to be dedicated to his pupil, 17-year-old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, with whom Beethoven was, or had been, in love. It is one of Beethoven's most popular sonatas. The name 'Moonlight' derives from the 1832 description of the music by critic Ludwig Rellstab, who compared it to moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. This is the first and most famous movement, and the sense of yearning and tranquility works very well as a romantic soundtrack. It has appeared in many films and TV shows, including: Glee, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Closer, Ray, Elephant, K-19: The Widowmaker and The Man Who Wasn't There. This performance uses a perfectly sampled Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano, with subtle hall reverb for ambience.
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