Happy Birthday in the style of Beethoven's Pathetique sonata is actually ingenious

15 June 2018, 21:44

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Beethoven happy birthday. Picture: YouTube

By Kyle Macdonald

Happy Birthday, but inspired by one of the greatest classical piano sonatas. And it works suprisingly well.

With its huge minor chords, dramatic contrasts and virtuosic runs, Beethoven's 'Pathetique' piano sonata has one of the most stirring and iconic openings in music.

But the duo known as Pianotainment have made a discovery - the melody from Happy Birthday fits around the composer's pianistic drama very well indeed. Just perfect for a Beethoven-lover's special day. Bravo!

You can follow Pianotainment for more on their YouTube channel.