BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

The Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110, by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed in 1821. It is the central piano sonata in the group of three opp. 109–111 which he wrote between 1820 and 1822, and the thirty-first of his published piano sonatas. The sonata is in three movements. The moderato first movement in sonata form, marked con amabilità, is followed by a fast scherzo. The finale comprises a slow recitative and arioso dolente, a fugue, a return of the arioso lament, and a second fugue that builds to an affirmative conclusion.
  WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Alan Gampel from the USA begins his semi-final recital in the 1991 GPA Dublin International Piano Competition, the second in the series. He qualified to play in the final round, and won 6th prize. He also won the prize for the best performance of a Mozart piece having played Mozart's Sonata in B flat KV 570 in the second round. The year 1991 was the bicentenary of Mozart's death, and many competitors chose to include at least one of Mozart's compositions in their program. Eighteen competitors progressed far enough in the competition for their choice to be heard. Alan Gampel was also a semi-finalist in the first competition of the series in 1988. He gives a short interview at the end of this sonata.

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