To reawaken love and beauty when life feels overwhelmingly painful, we can turn to our music. This gorgeous theme from the 2nd movement (video) of Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique reminds me that alongside recent horrific events, there have been incredible acts of human kindness and generosity that fill me with optimism and love. I hope that playing Beethoven’s music swells your heart as it does mine.
Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique is an advanced piece, but as you know, I like to take difficult pieces and make them accessible to beginning and intermediate piano students. So I have transposed the Adagio cantabile theme to the key of C, and simplified it ever-so-slightly for the intermediate student. I hope in doing so I have retained the original beauty of the movement, while offering a challenging, yet more easily played arrangement for the intermediate pianist.
CLICK TO PRINT Sonata Pathétique, Adagio Cantabile, intermediate (on our website)
Note: I can only keep each free sheet music arrangement on my website for a year. If this title is no longer available on the Free Sheet Music page of my website, please request it by email: email@example.com and I will email it to you! Don’t worry, I won’t spam or share your email.
I also have a very easy 1-page arrangement of the Sonata Pathetique for beginners. The easy arrangement loses much of the beautiful harmonies of Beethoven’s theme, but for the beginner it might be a fun entry. To get the 1 page arrangement, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily send it to you. No spam, ever, I promise!
Because I have been suffering from some nasty food poisoning, it’s taken me awhile to tell you my big news…
American Music Teacher magazine has published an article I wrote entitled Geragogy: The Joys of Teaching Older Adults, in its October/November issue! American Music Teacher is The Official Journal of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) of which I am a proud member and contributor.
If you are a member of MTNA you can read my article on p. 16 of the current Oct/Nov issue, or you can read it online here. I offer specific teaching examples for piano teachers, but most of the article is useable by teachers of all instruments. Thanks American Music Teacher for encouraging me to write about my passion: teaching piano to older adults. I’m working on a follow-up article about teaching students using scientific studies on how the brain learns and retains musical information (for teachers of students of all ages.)
I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with good food, good friends and/or family. Perhaps you can serenade your loved ones with the Adagio cantabile if you start practicing the piece today! Look around and see how the faces of your audience have softened into love, peace, and joy while listening to your beautiful music. Remember, it doesn’t have to be even nearly perfect. Play from your heart and your listeners will feel elevated by the beauty of the music.
With love and deep gratitude, Gaili
Author, Upper Hands Piano: A Method for Adults 50+ to Spark the Mind, Heart and Soul
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6 Replies to “November Free Sheet Music: Sonata Pathetique (Adagio cantabile)”
Congratulations on the article! You’re truly an inspiration.
Feel well soon.
Thanks so much Rob! Hope all is well with you – G
Hi Gaili, I want you to know how much I appreciate your effort to send a piece each month to adult intermediate pianists. I look forward to it and my goal each month is to be able to play it well-sometimes that means some EXTRA effort once the calendar hits the 25th! (And, it also means at times engaging my teacher to assist me in some rough spots). But, your arrangements are within reach which is encouraging!
Thank you for being a blessing to me,
Wow! You made my day Carol. Thanks so much for that. I’m excited to hear that you use my arrangements as a goal setter each month. As you know, some are longer and more challenging than others. So sometimes you’ll practice beyond the month to really get comfortable with a piece. But I’m glad the 25th gives you that extra nudge to get to the bench :))
Love your reports and song pieces. Don’t stop!
Thanks Lee! I absolutely won’t stop! I LOVE writing my blog 🙂 Thanks for your support!