Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 ('Moonlight')
Ludwig van Beethoven


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Beethoven's ever-popular sonata is up four places this year to its highest-ever position

Despite its nickname, in Beethoven's mind this was never the Moonlight Sonata. Instead, the rather pedestrian title of Piano Sonata No. 14 was what the composer seemed perfectly content with. But when the German critic Ludwig Rellstab described the sonata's famous opening movement as being akin to moonlight flickering across lake lucerne, he created a description that would go on to outlive the composer.

Today, the Moonlight (or the 'sonata in the style of a fantasia', as Beethoven preferred to subtitle it) stands as the composer's most famous and most loved solo piano piece.

Riverbank in Moonlight by Charles-Francois Daubigny (1875).