Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 8, Opus 13 “Pathétique”
When he composed in 1798-1799 this Grande Sonate Pathétique pour le Clavecin ou Piano-forte, Beethoven had not yet started to compose string quartets or symphonies nor had he composed a single concerto. Maturity expressed from his very first sonatas shows to what extent the piano was Beethoven’s favourite instrument.