Monday, February 13, 2012

Sonata Opus 49 No 2 by Beethoven

During the classical period (1750- 1827) people were just learning to compose for the piano.The first piece written for the piano was in 1732 by an Italian composer Lodovico Giustovi.

Beethoven wrote music during the classical period . He was born in Germany in 1770 and died in 1827 at the age of 56.  Beethoven pieces are  divided into 3 periods, early, middle and late.  During the middle period starting in 1801, Beethoven started to become deaf when he was just 28 years old. The Sonata Opus 49 No 2 was written in 1805 when Beethoven moved away from traditional classical music and became even more creative.Beethoven created a new era of music called the Romantic period.

Beethoven gave his first performance when he was seven. As a teenager Beethoven traveled to Vienna, Austria and got to play for the great composer Mozart. Mozart was very impressed with Beethoven's talent and told people to watch out for him. 

My sister Miriam plays a piece by Beethoven called Fur Elise. It is one of her favorite pieces. Beethoven wrote that piece when he was deaf.

Sonata Opus 49 No 2 is considered one of Beethoven's easiest Sonata, but it is not very easy for me. It is especially difficult to play it fast without making mistakes. Here is me playing Sonata Opus 49 No.2 Part I.

Have you ever heard of Beethoven's music?

Do you like it?


  1. Dear Sarah,

    Once again what a beautiful post Bravo!

    I love watching and listening you play Opus 49 No 2 you played with such grace and ease it was just simply beautiful. Mind you how right you are it is not a simple piece to play but you made it look so easy. You are a very gifted piano player.

    Yes I have heard of Beethoven and what a talent he was too.

    Thank you somersault Sarah for sharing with us all your wonderful talent playing the piano.

    From your pal down under,

    1. Dear AA,

      Thank you for leaving me such a lovely comment! I appreciate that you take your time and leave me some comments!

      Who was your favorite composer and what piece was your favorite?


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    Dear Sarah,

    Brava! Magnificent!

    I enjoyed reading about Beethoven, but thoroughly enjoyed hearing you play his Opus 49 No. 2. It's funny that we were just listening to a CD in class of Beethoven and now you're playing it.

    I have a question, what do the words sonata and opus mean?

    Always enjoy a concert from your house!

    Your proud teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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    1. ♬ ♫ ♬Sarah♬ ♫ ♬February 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you for taking your time and leaving me a lovely comment! The music that we were listening in class, was beautiful.

      Sonata means a piece played rather than a cantata which means a piece sung in Latin.

      The Sonata became important in the Classical period. Music that is organized as a Sonata usually has 3 movements:
      Allegro the fast part.
      A middle movement which was, most frequently, a slow movement.
      A closing movement was generally an Allegro, fast.

      Opus means work. Each piece a composer writes is given an opus number to keep track of everything that the composer wrote.

      Sincerely your student,

  3. Hi Victoria that was lovely and I loved your dress. You looked ready to perform at the Sydney Opera House I am from New South Wales, Australia and here is a link to my school blog I will have to find a musician amongst our students so they can also make a post about their passion. I loved your dog and joke avatars so I put them up on my blog also...I think the dog needs to say more but I was happy the there was an Australian accent to choose from, though it was a female voice. I thought the dog looked more like a boy dog. What do you think?
    I also am going to put a link to your blog on our blog roll as you write very well and this is a great example of student blogging. Well done.
    Mrs Booth :)

    1. Dear Mrs. Booth,

      I really enjoyed your comment! Thank you for putting a link of my blog onto yours! My moms name is Victoria and my name is Sarah. I will look at your blog and maybe some of your students will do a musical post.

      Its hard to tell if a dog is a girl or a boy from the picture unless you put a bow on them.

      Who is your favorite composer and why? I hope you will continue to leave me some lovely comments!


  4. Dear Sarah,

    That was a outstanding performance! You are a great piano player.

    I have some questions:
    How often do you practice the piano?
    Is there more to the piece?
    What other pieces can you play?
    What made you start playing the piano?
    What age did you start playing?
    Is Beethoven your favorite composer?
    I wish I could play that well:)


    1. ♬ ♫ ♬Sarah♬ ♫ ♬February 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Dear Brenden,

      Thank you for your lovely comment! Here are the answers to your questions: I practice every day. On Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays, I play for 2 or 3 hours. The other days, I play for only a half an hour because I have gymnastics. A sonata usually has 3 movements. I played only the first movement. I play many songs, for example right now I am playing Sonata by Haydn, Bach Invention, and Czardas by Vittorio Monti. I started playing when I was 6 years old. My mom just decided to teach me how to play and I liked it. I have many favorite composers which include Beethoven.

      Now time for you to answer some of my questions:
      1. Do you play an instrument?
      2. If not, do you want to play an instrument and which one?
      3. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
      4. Who is your favorite composer?


    2. @ Sarah,

      Great comment now we are starting a conversation!

      Here are the answers to your questions:
      Yes, I actually play a few instruments I play the drums, guitar and the bass guitar.
      I like to listen to jazz and sometimes I listen to rock music.
      My favorite composer is Beethoven.

      Have a great day


    3. Dear Brendon,

      Thank you for leaving me such a lovely comment! Wow, you play a lot of different instruments.

      What is the difference between a guitar and a base guitar?

      Where do you play your drums in the house or in the garage? It is a very loud instrument!

      Which instrument do you like best? Do you want to play in a band?

      I hope we will continue to have a conversation.


  5. Dear Sarah,
    Great performance, just outstanding!!!
    It's sound even better when I can sit next to you and listen.
    You work really hard and that's why you can achieve a lot.
    We all very proud of you and love you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene

    1. Dear Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene,

      Thank you for taking your time and leaving me a lovely comment! I have some questions for you:

      Did you play any instrument when you where little?

      Who is your favorite composer?

      Are you able to come to my next piano competition? Please continue to leave me some lovely comments!


  6. Dear Talented Sarah,

    Wow! You sounded amazing! I loved it, not just liked it, but loved. I bet you practice a lot. My dad makes me practice every day for 30 to 40 minutes.

    I have some questions:

    How long do you practice?

    How long have you been playing?

    How many performances have you've been to?

    Your BFF,

    1. Dear Mia,

      I really enjoyed reading your comment! Here are the answers to your questions: On Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, I practice for two in a half hours and the rest of the week I practice for about thirty minutes.

      I have been playing for about 2 years. I have participated in two competitions and I will have another one on March 10.

      What do you like to play on the piano?


  7. Dear Sarah,

    You played great! I love the post so much!

    I got a piano five years ago and I still don't know how to play, but I still play around on it.

    What do you play best?


  8. Dear Logan,

    Thank you so much for taking your time and leaving me a lovely comment! We have two pianos at our house because we all play the piano. I like to play many different pieces, but I mostly play classical music.

    Do you think you want to learn to play the piano?

    Your friend,

  9. Dear Sarah, just amazing! Our class was at the computer lab this morning, and I told everyone to come watch this talented little girl play Beethoven's music! Please keep up the amazing work! Hope you can come visit our class at

    1. ♬ ♫ ♬Sarah♬ ♫ ♬February 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Dear Sarah F,

      Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment! I visited your class blog and I really liked it! Do you like 6th grade? How did you find out about my blog? Do you play an instrument?



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