The structure of the sonata is unconventional in that the piece opens with a relatively slow movement in the format of theme and variations. The third movement incorporates a funeral march, clearly anticipating the watershed of the Eroica Symphony that Beethoven wrote in 1803–1804. This is the only movement from his sonatas that Beethoven arranged for orchestra, and was played during Beethoven's own funeral procession in 1827.
|Date of composition||1800|
|First published||Cappi 1802|
|Approx. duration||20 minutes|
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate pour piano n°12 en la bémol majeur, Op. 26
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata per pianoforte n. 12 in la bemolle maggiore, Op. 26
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 12 für Klavier As-dur, Op. 26