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Moonlight sonata

COVERED BY ELVIS

Moonlight Sonata


recording date elvis: 1966; Informal
first release:


originally by: Vessella's Italian Band

recording year: 7 april 1911
originally written by: Beethoven
catalognumber: 31828
label: victor
comments: Re-recorded on 13-01-14 (Victor 35326 / Victor 68293).





Huh! Elvis does Beethoven? Yes, honestly! Although a self-taught pianist, Elvis was quite a dab-hand on the ivories, apparently. The Moonlight Sonata, or "Sonata quasi una Fantasia," was composed by The Deaf One in 1801. It consists of three movements, Adagio Sostenuto, Allegretto, and Presto.
Elvis's somewhat abbreviated version was recorded at home and was never intended for official release. However, this was not the only time that Elvis is known to have played the number for his own pleasure—he was "caught" doing so in a rehearsal room during the filming of his 1968 TV Special and worked on it each night with the Special's arranger, Billy Goldenberg. It was only after some of Elvis's "friends" interrupted them and made some insulting remarks about classical music that Elvis seemed to lose interest.
The April 1911 recording by Vessella's Italian Band was released on Victor 31828 and also on Victor 68293, Victor 35426 and Gramophone 2-072, all in 12" format. The band made more than 130 recordings for Victor between March 1911 and January 1914.



Moonlight Sonata
performed by:
Vessella's Italian Band

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Moonlight Sonata
performed by: Elvis Presley

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