Art gift book “Moonlight Sonatas for Beethoven – Mondscheinsonaten für Beethoven”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume II

Editor: Kurt Ries

Name a tune you want to listen to again and again, because it goes straight to the heart. Millions on the internet click “Moonlight Sonata” in response to this call. At the same time, both the title and the history of this work have long been subjects of debate. The fact is that Beethoven reversed the conventional sequence of the first and the second movement, thus breaking with the classical sonata form, which may explain this word choice of “fantasy” in the original title. Based on this idea, 69 artists from 26 countries got together at the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and – with boundless sensitivity – interpreted the “Moonlight Sonata” in visual terms. 

International Artworks and Poems

Bilingual art gift book with 73 artworks and 28 haiku poems from 26 countries.

Relax and Rejoice with Art and Poetry from around the world

Was it not the image of a landscape, after all, that led to the work’s famous epithet “Moonlight Sonata”? In a way, listening to the sonata resembles looking at a landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich or William Turner, and losing oneself in the rapt observation of the distant satellite. The editor of this art-inspired almanac has divided the artists’ visual ideas into different chapters, and accentuated them with selected haiku poetry, exquisite quotes, art-inspired slogans and illustrations. The result is a multifaceted homage from the imaginative perspective of artists that reminds us: The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Moonlight Sonatas for Beethoven – Mondscheinsonaten für Beethoven

The printed book is available in the book trade and in internet bookshops. 

  • Publisher: Re Di Roma-Verlag
  • Language: English, German
  • Size: 21 x 21 cm
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3985271488
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3985271481 

Book participants can purchase any number of the book from the publisher or bookseller Peecho at the reduced author’s price. Please find more information here!

Book design awards – as part of the book project:

  • Cover – 1. Prize: Jette van der Lende (Norway)
  • Backcover – 2. Prize: Herbert Hermans (The Netherlands), Judith E. Stone (USA)
  • Titel page – 3. Prize: Ann Dunbar (France)
  • Chapter pages – Honorable Mentions: Ana Galvao (Portugal), Marianne Reim (Canada), MANO – Nora Komoroczki (Hungary), Hiromi Kawano (Japan), Derwin Leiva (USA), Takanori Iwase (Japan), Rowena Bozic (Slovenia)

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