Sonata Pathetique was written in 1798 when Beethoven was twenty-seven. He dedicated the work to his friend, Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. The publisher in 1799 gave the work the name “Grande sonata pathetique” with Beethoven’s approval, because of the sonata’s tragic sonorities. The beautiful melodies and accompaniment patterns are shared by each harp part, and make this duet interesting as well as challenging. This arrangement has a performance time of about four and a half minutes. Another arrangement, Pathetique for Three Harps, is available in Three Harps Together.
The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp and Second Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the two parts together.