Dec 17

Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration!

Moonlight Sonata and Adieu to the Piano


Ludwig van Beethoven

Well, unfortunately today’s Covid news is not any better since yesterday, but today we do have something momentous to celebrate!

Today it has been 250 years since Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. He is one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. Here are links to two of his many popular compositions. I guess I started playing Moonlight Sonata in high school many years ago, and it has given me memories of many hours of peaceful tranquility. Adieu to the Piano is a more recent addition for me, and works perfectly as a ‘Weiss Music Minute.’ Thanks for the memories, Ludwig!

Moonlight Sonata (4:30)

Adieu to the Piano (1 minute)


Dr. Weiss

Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever played!!