Classical Journey Episode 153: Glen Inanga’s odyssey from MUSON to Cayman Islands

We continue our Glen Inanga feature. He tells the story of his beginnings and odyssey into classical music. We also listen to his rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op.2, No.3

Glen Inanga

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3, is a sonata written for solo piano, composed in 1795. It is dedicated to Joseph Haydn and is often referred to as Beethoven’s first virtuosic piano sonata. The three Op. 2 sonatas all contain four movements each, an unusual length which seems to show that Beethoven was aspiring towards composing a symphony. It is both the weightiest and longest of the three Op. 2 sonatas, lasting over 25 minutes, presenting many difficulties, including difficult trills, awkward hand movements, and forearm rotation. It is Beethoven’s second longest piano sonata in his early period, only to Beethoven’s Grand Sonata in E♭ Major, Op. 7, published a year later.

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