Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor
About the work
In the factory hall on the painting the woman is playing the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata. This is a piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.
The piece is one of Beethoven's most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favorite even in his own day. Beethoven wrote the Moonlight Sonata in his early thirties, after he had finished with some commissioned work; there is no evidence that he was commissioned to write this sonata.
The name "Moonlight Sonata" comes from remarks made by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. In 1832, five years after Beethoven's death, Rellstab likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Within ten years, the name "Moonlight Sonata" ("Mondscheinsonate" in German) was being used in German and English publications. Later in the nineteenth century, the sonata was universally known by that name.
On the painting the music notes of the Moonlight Sonata are visible on three places: on the left down below, on the wall at the back and on the piano.