Beethoven’s Sonata No.7 is the last of three sonatas published as Op.10. All three sonatas were dedicated to the Countess Anna Margarete von Brown, whose husband was Beethoven’s chief patron between 1797 and 1803. It is told that after the dedication, the Browns presented the composer with a gift – a riding horse. All three sonatas combine the vigorous “Sturm und Drang” spirit with a strong lamentoelement. The opening Presto(a rare tempo indication of a first movement in Beethoven’s music) starts with four descending notes that act as the motto of the piece. A lyrical bridge leads to a swift second theme based on the same four notes. The development is highly dramatic, with bass tremolo figuration that predicts the next sonata to be composed – the Sonata Pathetique. The second movement, Largo e Mestois a deep silent lament full of harmonic tensions. The silent mode is disrupted near the end with a big arpeggio climax. The third movement is a joyful minuet with a slight trace of humor in the trio and the closing Rondois a peaceful finale with a humorous interlude that again predicts one of Beethoven’s later works – the Pastoral Sonata Op. 28, written in the same key of D Major.