The Beethoven You Probably Know

January 12, 2012

St. Paul, Minn. — For whatever reason, some classical pieces seem to have emerged as the common works of which everyone knows and thinks when classical music is mentioned. The first movement of Mozart's 40th Symphony, Debussy's Clair De Lune, and Bizet's Habanera from Carmen are just a few in this corpus of works.

Beethoven has the lion's share of works in this category, with Für Elise, Symphony No. 5, and many other pieces. This is a playlist of these popular works. Whether you are a Beethoven novice or an experienced listener, listen to them again and you may find that there is a reason for their greatness.


Symphony No. 5: I

Symphony No. 7: II

Symphony No. 8: II

Symphony No. 9: IV

Moonlight Sonata: I

Pathetique Sonata: II

Minuet in G

Für Elise

Alleluia, from the Mount of Olives

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  • Sonata No. 1, 3rd movement 8:57 Edvard Grieg
    Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
    Bella Davidovich, piano
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  • St John Passion: Ich folge dir gleichfalls 8:52 Johann Sebastian Bach
    Polyphony; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Stephen Layton
    Carolyn Sampson, soprano
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