|L. V. Beethoven|
The first movement is marked adagio sostenuto. This means the movement is to be played in a slow sustained manner. The way this is done on the piano is to play in a strong legato form in which the notes are connected and the first note held well into the second note being depressed. Another way for a note to be sustained [longer than the full value given] is for the pianist to use the middle pedal, which is called the sostenuto pedal. When depressed, whatever note has been played while it has been depressed will sustain that note [and that note only] until the pedal is released. The first slow movement is truly beautiful and moving.
Beethoven's sustained beauty.
The talented virtuoso pianist, Tiffany Poon, is now 22.
Beethoven's great piano sonata #14 is in C-sharp minor with three movements: 1. Adagio Sostenuto, 2. Allegretto [which starts at 6:35] and the exciting movement 3. Presto Agitato [which starts at 9:08]
Please turn up the volume and enjoy Beethoven's beautiful Moonlight Sonata.
L.V. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C-sharp minor "Moonlight":