Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions.
The cantabile from this movement was used as the theme music for radio’s most widely listened-to classical music program, Adventures in Good Music, which aired nationally in the United States and in many other countries from 1970 to 2007. The theme was performed by Karl Haas, the program’s host. Billy Joel used the cantabile as the melody for the chorus of his 1984 song “This Night” from the album An Innocent Man.