SONATA N°14 IN C SHARP MINOR (MONDSCHEIN SONATE) OP. 27 N°2

Latest update on 21/06/2016

Artist: Ludwig van Beethoven
Author: Ludwig van Beethoven
Year: 1801

Dedicated to his pupil Giulietta Guicciardi. Original title: Quasi Una Fantasia. Became Mondschein Sonate after Beethoven's death, through music journalist Ludwig Rellstab.

Covers:

1909:

Charles Williams [as Beethoven in film The Origins Of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata]

1923:

Ignaz Jan Paderewski [first recording for Aeolian]

1966:

Elvis Presley [on In A Private Moment]

1966:

Shangri-La's [as Past, Present And Future]

1969:

Beatles [in Because; according to Lennon the Adagio Sostenuto from the Mondschein Sonata backwards, which is nonsense]

1983:

Cindy And Saffrons [as Past, Present And Future]

2000:

Elliott Smith [as Because in film American Beauty]

2001:

Alicia Keys [as Piano & I, opener hit album Songs In A Minor; always praises her classical background]

2004:

Agnetha Fältskog [als Past, Present And Future]

2011:

Marianne Faithfull [idem]

Ignaz Paderewski (1860-1941) not only became the best paid piano player, he was also a gifted speaker. At the end of WW I he helped the American president Wilson with the Versailles peace treaty and in 1919 he even became the political leader of newly independent Poland for two years. He gave away all his belongings and died penniless in New York. President Roosevelt granted him a state funeral at Arlington cemetery. In 1992 his body was transferred to Poland were he was reburied as a national hero.

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