Important: Today’s post is the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata 14 (“Moonlight”) in C# Minor (below).
If you’re looking (instead) for the most famous movement of this sonata, the slow, sort of haunting first movement, that sheet is right here: Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement.
Hello again, Beethoven fans!
Here’s a brand new sheet music offering. This one is another custom job for keyboard players who read music “a little bit,” but who may have trouble remembering the details about key signatures, or may sometimes be unsure about which piano key belongs to which line or space on the staff. Perhaps you’re an adult who had lessons many years ago, for example.
This Beethoven piano sheet music was prepared by me, and was very carefully cross-checked for accuracy by doing note-for-note comparisons against three other “standard format” publications of this sonata. All references used are from reputable sources.
I highly recommend that you also have access to a “conventional” copy of this piece (one that has no letter-names added), because it will likely contain many standard markings that I deliberately left out, due to the additional clutter created by adding all those letters! Important markings left out by me, in this lettered version, include phrasing and dynamics symbols, which are essential information for studying and playing any piece like this.
About Marking Note Names (letters, plus #’s and b’s) on Sheet Music
The sheet music below has each note’s letter-name marked in (such as E, F#, Ab, G). There are many situations where this reading aid, the adding of letter-names, can be really useful. Beware, some teachers get extremely upset about this kind of alphabetic behavior, declaring it to be pretty much a horrible thing under any circumstances. I’m not exaggerating. But I have used this aid in many successful ways, with students who all ended up being good music readers, and good players. That said, I guess I also should say: If you are a formal student of piano, who intends to read music really well, please be careful about decisions regarding the marking in of letter-names, and maybe just be guided by your teacher, when it comes that. Myself, when I choose to use this letter-note aid with a private student, the letter-notes have to come from me. That is, they are generally not allowed to mark in any note-names themselves.
Okay, there’s that!
Today’s selection is Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata,” entire 3rd movement.