All of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Ranked (Part 2)

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#24: No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Even from the very beginning, Beethoven had a real knack for this composition stuff. The florid, lyrical passages of the second movement, the bright and unpredictable turns of the first, the furious machinations of the final movement: they foreshadow the even greater pieces he would write later in life. But have you heard it? No, you're just listening to the Moonlight Sonata for the 47th time. Basic.

 

#23: No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

A very fun, if somewhat angular, sonata. It would be higher on the list if it were easier to play. You think I'm joking, but I'm not. This list is partially based on whether or not I, personally, can play each piece. That's the kind of guy I am. Really. You keep reading this, waiting for the punchline, but there is none. Stop. Just go on to the next one already.

 

#22: No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

I bet you're not even reading all of these. You're just skipping to the end so you can see if my favorite sonata is also your favorite sonata. But if you don't stop and listen to the final movement of this piece, we are no longer friends.

 

#21: No. 24 in F# major, Op. 78 "For Theresa"

This is the only sonata Beethoven wrote in the key of F# major. However, here's something you probably don't know! If you hit the "transpose" button on your keyboard, you can play any of Beethoven's sonatas in the key of F# major.

 

#20: No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1

I believe the first movement of this piece is one of the most brilliant sonata openings. Its use of anticipated rhythm throughout lends the entire thing a sense of unity not usually seen in a lot of other classical first movements. Too bad the other movements are boring.

 

#19: No. 4 in Eb major, Op. 7

People often think of most Classical music as stuffy and boring. But some pieces can be delightfully comic. The fourth movement especially has a witty character brought out in the main theme that's hard to play straight and you know what never mind it's still stuffy dead white guy music. BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE ME STOP LOVING IT.

 

#18: No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Beethoven's final sonata. You'd think that would mean it's his best sonata. And you're right, it is! Although, there are seventeen better ones.

 

#17: No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

This is the best dead stuffy white guy music you're ever going to hear.

Yes, that's all I really want to say.