174 • Opus 109, 110, 111

In his last piano sonatas, Beethoven wrestled with the emerging romantic ideals and with his personal tragedy. As compositions the last sonatas are neither specifically pianistic nor particularly orchestral as they are expressions of pure and intrinsically metaphysical musical thought. I believe that Beethoven was a humanist who saw that human tragedy is greater than the sum of their transgressions and yet believed in the best of all possible - not of all conceivable - worlds.

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