The Andante for piano (F major) WoO 57 , called Andante favori , is a piece for piano solo by Ludwig van Beethoven . The work with the tempo designation Andante grazioso con moto has a playing time of approx. 9 minutes
The piece was created around 1803/04. It was originally planned as the middle movement of Piano Sonata No. 21 , the Waldstein Sonata , which Beethoven dedicated to his friend and supporter Ferdinand Ernst von Waldstein-Wartenberg . According to Carl Czerny , the nickname Andante favori goes back to Beethoven himself, who is said to have called the Andante "because of its popularity (when Beethoven often played it in circles)".
Ferdinand Ries , a pupil and for a time Beethoven's secretary, wrote in a note: “A friend of Beethoven's told him that the sonata was too long, which he took terribly. Quieter thought alone soon convinced my teacher of the correctness of the remark. He now published the major Andante in F major, 3/8 bar, and later composed the interesting Introduction to the Rondo, which can now be found in it. ”Beethoven published the original middle movement separately in 1805 in the Kunst- und Industriekonto, Vienna. He had previously borrowed the manuscript from Countess Josephine Deym that he had given her so that Ries could copy it for printing.
The andante favori in the film
The Andante favori , played on piano by Darcy's sister Georgiana, accompanies a key scene in the 1995 BBC television series Pride and Prejudice, based on the novel by Jane Austen . In the selected passage , the music modulates from F major to D flat major and back again. As Georgiana plays the play, Darcy and Elizabeth meet and their story takes a turn. Carl Davis , who was responsible for the film's music, plays all of the film's piano pieces.
- Andante favori, Directory of Recordings from 1930–2019 Idagio.com, accessed January 27, 2020
- Anne Ohrschied: piece of music of the week of July 29, 2013 Die Große swr.de, accessed on January 29, 2020
- cf. Andante for piano (F major) WoO 57, Beethoven-Haus Bonn (Ed.) 
- Biographical notes on Ludwig van Beethoven by Franz Gerhard Wegeler and Ferdinand Ries. Coblenz: Bädeker 1838. p. 101.
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- Wendy Thomson: Carl Davis, Maestro. London. Faber 2016. Chapter Pride and Prejudice .