Specially arranged and simplified, these pieces offer beginners the pleasure and satisfaction of playing Beethoven. Students and teachers alike will delight in such popular melodies as F r Elise, Ode to Joy, and the haunting opening of the Moonlight Sonata. A First Book of Beethoven features 24 selections, including Romance in F, Turkish March, Minuet in G, and Bagatelle in G Minor. It includes excerpts from the sonatas -- such as the opening of the 2nd movement of Sonata No. 14, the Adagio from Piano Sonata No. 5, and Adagio Cantabile from Sonata No. 8 -- as well as highlights from the symphonies. Along with the twenty-four piano arrangements, this collection includes a free MP3 download for every piece, which will help beginning pianists develop an ear for the melodies. The MP3s may be downloaded individually or collectively.
About the Author
Former Dover editor David Dutkanicz holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Columbia University. He is the editor of several books in this series.