Beethoven-Minuet WoO 10 No 2

Beethoven-Minuet WoO 10 No 2

Minuet in G major, WoO 10, No 2 is a short musical piece composed by famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It was originally written for orchestra by the composer. However, only an arrangement for piano survived. It has become very popular.

The minuet is in A-A-B-A form. It starts with the moderato section. The moderato section features a an elegant legato melody, one of the composer’s most memorable early melodies, over a walking bass line that consists of quarter notes. The first four-measure phrase is in the tonic of G Major, the second four-measure phrase modulates from the tonic to the dominant of D Major. After repeating the main theme once the second period comes. It consists of a four-measure phrase with a different melody which later modulates back into the tonic for the final four-measures. The trio section features non-stop eighth notes in the right hand and, once again, quarter notes in the left hand. It starts with an eight-measure modulating passage repeated once and moves on to another eight-measure passage that ends in the tonic and is also repeated once. The last section, which is Moderato also, is a repeat of the first section, but without the repeat. Certainly, this minuet conjures colorful images of nobles dancing amid opulent surroundings and captures the atmosphere of late eighteenth-century European high society as well as any music from the period.

I played this beautiful piece on a Steinway piano in a steady Moderato tempo so that I can reflect its dance form of a minuet. It is a great minuet for your projects needing a happy classical piano music, especially for children themed projects.

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