Moonlight Sonata was composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven in 1801 and to this day is still one of the most popular pieces in the classical piano repertoire. The composition has been played by all of the world’s top pianists with some notable recordings by Evgeny Kissin and Lang Lang. The piece is famous for it’s descending bass part in the introduction (written below) which is also referred to as a Phrygian Progression.
This motif was used before Beethoven by various composers but after this work it became even more famous and well used. The arrangement below is a slightly simplified version of the original but it works really well and is fun to play (even on an upright piano!).
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