Nº 17, Op. 31 nº 2 – Tempest

Coursera just launched a new set of lectures, part 3, for the course “Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas” by Jonathan Biss.

Below some notes and references for Sonata Op.31 no. 2.

This sonata was composed in 1801/02 by Ludwig van Beethoven, published in 1803.

(…) the “Tempest” itself is one of the most forward-looking and adventurous of all of Beethoven’s sonatas. The first movement, in particular, it’s all about blurring structural lines. (…)  because it is so structurally nebulous, it is unsettling, and because it is unsettling, it is riveting.

Lesen Sie nur Shakespeare’s Sturm.


Biographie von Ludwig van Beethoven by Schindler, Anton, 1795-1864


Before there were MOOCs, András Schiff did a series of lecture-recitals of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas at Wigmore Hall (2004-6).

Andras Schiff: The Lectures Beethoven Sonatas Wigmore Hall from 2004–6

For a visual impression, all sonatas of Beethoven are available on YouTube in color-coded analysis using Adobe Audition.




Detailed analysis in the description.

See also


Richard Goode – 1993

Daniel Barenboim, Berlin State Opera House, 2007
Barenboim on Beethoven Masterclass DVD

Artur Schnabel – 1935

Annie Fischer – 1977

Maria João Pires – 1974

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