Cello Sonata no. 4 in C, Op. 102 no. 1

The Sonata for cello and piano no. 4 in C major, Op. 102 no. 1 was finished in 1815, simultaneously with the Sonata for cello and piano no. 5, and published in 1817 with dedication to Countess Marie von Erdődy, a close friend of Beethoven's. The complex and visionary character of this couple of sonatas marks the definitive start of Beethoven's so called 'third period'. Sonata no. 4 is a work in two movements: short and almost enigmantic, it summarizes in concentrated for how Beethoven was preparing to subvert the ... more

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