Beethoven: Sonata 17 ‘The Tempest’

June Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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‘The TEMPEST’ Sonata 17 in D minor, 1801-02

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Composer of the month: June

The catalogue of classical music is massive. It’s hard to know where to start. Over the past couple of years I have been listening on and off to pieces in a mostly random way. But I still really didn’t know anything about them, or about their composers. As part of this journey into the classical world I’ve decided to immerse myself in a different composer every month. Each week of that month I’ll look at a popular or interesting piece and the story around it. It’ll be their story and my story.

June’s composer is probably the most well-known among the popular music world. He’s claimed to have had a massive influence on the composers who came after him and also to have changed the way the public viewed the function of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven

painting of beethoven with music score