One of the greatest and most radical composers of all time. A tormented genius, who went deaf in later life and never heard his final works. His nine symphones are probably his greatest achievement, each one an unrivalved masterpiece, but he also wrote 5 piano concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets and one opera, Fidelio.
The work, written in the summer of 1814, was dedicated to Count Moritz von Lichnowsky.
Unlike traditional sonata form, the sonata has only two movements. This is the complete 1st movement.