Play Along With The Classics

Beethoven's “Moonlight” Sonata – 3rd Movement

One of the best-known piano compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven, is his “Moonlight Sonata” (opus 27, number 2).

When you hear “Moonlight Sonata”, usually it's the slow, and reflective 1st movement you hear.

But its fast, and furious, 3rd movement, is much more impressive to hear played. And rightly so, because of how difficult it is to play.

Yet it's such an impressive piece of music, that it was what hooked my son on classical music, all by itself.

Here, I have done the 'heavy-lifting' of improvising an additional part with it, and writing the music, so you can just play from the music.

And where the KeyMusician Keyboard has the same fingering in every key-signature, even intermediate-level musicians can play it, with a good amount of practice.

It's arranged as a duet for Trumpet and piano. There is music for either a C Trumpet, or a B-flat Trumpet.

With the KeyMusician Keyboard (or a synthesizer), use the C Trumpet part.

Though I chose the Trumpet sound, for the 'solo' part, a Violin, Viola, or Oboe would work well too.

Though the duet is written for trumpet, you could also play it with any higher-range concert-pitch instrument, such as violin, oboe, or even a viola.

The B-flat Trumpet part could also work for a B-flat Clarinet.

To hear what the piece sounds like, to decide if you want to learn to play it, click on the link below:

Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement Piano/Trumpet Duet Audio File

The Trumpet part of this piece, can be played by an intermediate-level player. At a minimum, you should be able to read music, and be able to count-out rhythms in sheet-music.

Though it can be played using a typing keyboard if you leave out any trill where one of the trilled notes is an accidental, and some of the grace-notes. You can play it all (with a good amount of practice), if you connect a MIDI keyboard to the application. A difficulty I noticed using a MIDI keyboard, is that some accidentals are not displayed the same as in the music.

I'm actually playing it using a typing keyboard. Where I don't need to play chords, I can click the Dynamics button of the chords window, and then use the numeric key-pad to instantly control the volume level of what I play.

You can see the piano music, together with the Trumpet music (it's a PDF file), by clicking the link below. It includes both the piano and trumpet parts together, as well as the trumpet part (one for C Trumpet, and one for B-flat Trumpet) by itself (at the end of the PDF). While viewing it, you can choose to print it, and you have your hard-copy printed music:

Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement Piano/Trumpet Duet Sheet-Music

If you perform it, you will need a very accomplished pianist to play the piano part, and they can play it from the piano part in the piano/trumpet music above.

If you play it on the KeyMusician Keyboard, use the C-Trumpet part.

For your own enjoyment playing the trumpet part, not needing to find an accompanist, you can download an audio (MP3) file of the piano part, by right-clicking the link below, and choosing “Save Target As” (or something similar your Internet browser presents in the pop-up menu).

Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement Piano Accompaniment Audio File

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