Beethoven himself described the work as his most tempestuous piano sonata prior to the mammoth Hammerklavier Sonata composed in 1817-1818. The Appassionata was described as a "brilliantly executed display of emotion and music." In 1802, Beethoven wrote the famous Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter of despair to his brothers over his increasing deafness. Beethoven, however, came to terms with his ailment and determined to fulfill his artistic destiny no matter his physical circumstances. The compositions that followed this event where the epic Eroica Symphony as well as the Waldstein and Appassionata sonatas, which incidentally also mark the beginning of the Romantic era.
The Appassionata Sonata has three movements:
- Allegro assai
- Andante con motto - attacca
- Allegro ma non troppo - Presto