Les Adieux Sonata http://tpr.org en Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-and-painful-farewell-art-uncertain-times-0 <p>Context is everything. Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 26th piano sonata to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. The nickname of the sonata is <em>"Les Adieux"</em> or "Farewell," and I've heard speculation on the supposed relationship between the composer and his patron and friend.</p><p>Just knowing the title page on the first edition helps clarify some facts: "On the departure of his imperial highness, for the Archduke Rudolph, in admiration."</p><p>Why was his highness leaving? War.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:53:49 +0000 Randy Anderson 9893 at http://tpr.org Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times