Malcolm Bilson

The Pattern-Prelude Tradition of J. S. Bach and the Silbermann Piano as Precursors to Beethoven's "Moonlight"

First page of J. S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier (autograph, 1722, D-B Bach P 415)

Cover and first page of Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una fantasia (“Moonlight”), Op. 27, no. 2 (first edition, 1802, Cappi e Comp.)