Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 “Waldstein”
Beethoven completed his 21st Piano Sonata in 1804, dedicating it to his friend and patron Count Ferdinand von Waldstein - hence the sonata’s nickname. It’s also one of the three notable piano sonatas from his middle period, the other two being the Appassionata and Les Adieux. At the time of completion, the Waldstein sonata eclipsed Beethoven’s previous piano sonatas in terms of the scope, and it’s proved to be one of his most technically challenging compositions. It’s our Evening Masterwork, tonight at 7, on Classical WSMR.