Beethoven’s Chords: A modern harmony songwriting perspective


Classic music can be thought of in terms of chords and chord progressions just like modern music! In this video we’ll be taking a look at a small bit out of Beethoven’s Sonata #8 (Pathetique) and break it down in terms of chords, progressions and chord voicings. Here is a great rendition of it by Daniel Barenboim, a fantastic pianist:

Although we’ll be focusing on a small part from the 1st movement, all three movements are fantastic and you should have a listen to all three.



  1. This video was so simple and I could understand everything, so I was wondering if there's a video for this theme in the recapitulation.

  2. Asif Khan says:

    ? the 1 4 5 1 still sounded the best of them all

  3. jack deanda says:

    Your speaking a language I understand!! Your lessons had help me appreciate Beethovens chord progressions here! Thank you!

  4. Beautiful. Can you imagine the music beethoven could make with all the instruments and technology available today? It would be so incredible

  5. aandretrain says:

    This is wonderful and very informative.

  6. mark says:

    At 2:54 you said B dominant 7.
    Maybe you wanted to say B flat dominant 7?
    But there is no Bb, so it looks to me a D diminished chord.

  7. Thank you for the video, it was very helpfull

  8. Man of Sound says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this point of view… considering earlier pieces? A Brahms piece and/or Mozart concerto?

  9. That's exactly what I was looking for. Would love to hear more pieces broken down into chord progressions

  10. Excellent video, playing and explaination.
    Some Beethoven chords progression's insight I was look for a long!

  11. its really unordinary for me. Beethoven is really a Pianist

  12. That minor V chord is interesting. I'm guessing it's just a borrowed chord? Or did it temporarily modulate to Bbm because of the secondary dominant that proceeded it? Anyways I'm totally borrowing it.

  13. wormtownpaul says:

    This is great. Are there any books out there, or more videos by you or others, that do the same thing for (lots of) other classical pieces? I can learn so much from this, and I don't understand why this isn't standard in the analysis of classical music. More Beethoven. Some Schubert, Mendelsohn, and Brahms

  14. I found this very useful thank you very much.Samuel.

  15. Dave Lester says:

    Thank you for doing this. Please do more.

  16. Really insightful. Thanks foe posting. It really helps to enjoy Bewthoven"s music writing even more.

  17. Major Fay says:

    Thank u this is awesome idea

  18. TheA CAN says:

    MangoldProject…….ALWAYS A GREAT JOB!!!!

  19. ALLEPICOS says:

    Wow. Are you a songwriter ?

  20. This piano sounds so good!! Omg!!

  21. Pog Champ says:

    Dom7 VI chord sounds great and I will try to implement this, nice video!

  22. Kurgan100 says:

    Are you done this but with the Appassionata??

  23. SunTzu says:

    Damn, you are so good

  24. It should be C C7 A7 (!) Dm instead of C C7 F7 Dm.

  25. I find it hard to listen to classical music because I don't know what to listen to.

  26. tmusic99 says:

    Noted LH RH counterpoint movement in B:s version.

  27. Pedro Neves says:

    Wo to you have more of this ?

  28. Though I have tried lots and lots of lessons in youtube I always end up with yours… You are simply great. May God bless you for your kindness…

  29. this was wonderful, i really hope you'll do more such analysis of classical music. It's doable to find jazz related analysis, but I still really love classical music and i'd love to learn more about how/why it worked so well.

  30. Amazing! I just can't help but like all of your videos regarding classical music! But I'd especially like Chopin, it would be awesome! : )

  31. Zhiyao Gu says:

    Well, the "A7" chord actually sounds more like a sus chord for me.