L. van Beethoven Sonata WoO 33 4&5 I - Allegro (guitar) Álex Sánchez España





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Published on Nov 1, 2012

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata WoO 33 4&5 - I Allegro. Edited for guitar solo by Álex Sánchez España & Takeo Sato in Chanterelle ECH 446. Played by Álex Sánchez España.


About the authors:


This work has been a mystery since many years. With this edition we would like to confirm that this Sonata was indeed composed by Beethoven. We also would like to present a serious edition, true to the original manuscript, including extracts from the facsimile. In addition, we want to expose a set of facts and sources that support that it could have been composed original for Terz-guitar (a minor third higher tuned guitar, common at the 19th century).

In this research have collaborated, among others, The Beethoven House Bonn and The Berlin State Library.

Among other things, it was discovered that this Sonata was written using Alto and tenor Clefs, unusually, in the exact range of the Terz-guitar and in the real octave. There is a really low probability that a composer would write a work between 2 and 4 voices, 14 minutes long, that is playable on the guitar almost without changes.

After reading J.A. Ubach´s research we found that most guitarists did not know about this Sonata or thought that it was a rumor and there was no more information about it.
In spite of some evidence and many indications we can not prove that this Sonata was written for the Terz-guitar. But finally, we have a piece of Beethoven that can be played on guitar, possibly originally composed for the guitar.

I hope you like it!


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