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Moonlight Sonata

Louise May (684) · [archive]
Style: Classical · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 50
Pages: 1

This is an arrangement of the beginning of the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C sharp minor (Op. 27 No. 2) - better known as the Moonlight Sonata. (Only the first few bars are here at the moment, but I hope to add to it when I get time).

The sound sequence accompanying this page does not really do justice to this music - it's definitely worth listening to a good recording of it played on the piano to hear how it should sound. I think it is a very moody, atmospheric piece, but that does not come across here - the sequence sounds very mechanical. To be honest, I still prefer it in its original form, played on the piano.

The piece was originally written in the key of C sharp minor, but I've transposed it into A minor here, to make it playable on the guitar. It is in slow 4/4 time with the arepeggiated chords played in triplets. However, note the dotted quaver rhythm (e.g. the fourth beats of bars 5 and 6) in the melody, which is played mostly on the first string.

I think the fingering is fairly straightforward. Learning the notes is relatively easy - the hard part is to play it with the right feeling and make it sound as good as it does on the piano. (Although I don't think I have managed this yet!)
Moonlight Sonata