Beethoven Sonata Op.57 in F minor Appassionata: iii.Allegro ma non troppo
The Sonata in F minor Op. 57, colloquially known as the Appassionata, was composed during 1804 and 1805 at the age of 34. Dedicated to Count Franz von Brunswick it is for many intended as a dedication to the Count’ s sister, after being refused to marry her by her aristocratic family. Published in February 1807 in Vienna, it was labeled “Appassionata” in 1838 by the publisher of a four-hands arrangement, as it rendered the richness of nature’s forces and the immense power of man who manages to overcome it.
The Appassionata was considered by Beethoven to be his most tempestuous piano sonata.
As in the Pathetique Sonata, the unraveling dark forces of the First and Last movements surround an Andante con moto full of warmth, kindness and intimacy. The ending is a powerful moto perpetuum that brings the listener in an atmosphere of fierce struggle with the forces of nature out of which man will once more be victorious.