It is commonly said in music spheres that Beethoven did not give the Sonata the title of Moonlight. That leads me to wonder what is the source of the unofficial name then if not from the composer?

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    The answer might not say which one, but the highest-rated comment to the question does.
    – Richard
    Nov 15, 2021 at 11:35
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    I've voted to reopen. The other question does not relate to this one, and it's not a reasonable expectation that someone searching for this answer would read the comments — especially since there's no clear relationship between the questions.
    – Aaron
    Nov 15, 2021 at 15:06
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    @Aaron I disagree; all the necessary history is right there in a comment, and although the earlier question mentions a particular movement, it is the first hit when I search "moonlight sonata." I made an edit just now to its accepted answer to bring some of the data from the comment into an answer, but it's not expecting too much of people not only to search but to read the whole page (especially when the accepted answer mentions the comment, which was itself a comment because it simply pointed to Wikipedia). Nov 15, 2021 at 15:11
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    @AndyBonner - with Aaron on this one. A little technical, but fair nevertheless. And your edit happened after, not before the event.
    – Tim
    Nov 15, 2021 at 17:51
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    The way duplicates work here is that they now both point to the same place, so any new person searching for either set of words will get to the right place.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Nov 16, 2021 at 18:42

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It was another Ludwig. This one was called Rellstab. Five years after Beethoven had died,(1832) he was the critic who named the 'Moonlight.

  • @Doktor Mayhem - that was in there to show what little effort was made by OP. I thought we preferred that questions showed at least some effort by OP.
    – Tim
    Nov 17, 2021 at 14:35
  • Hi @Tim - yeah, we do, but it got flagged by a couple of folks as rude so thought I'd remove. It doesn't take away from your post.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Nov 17, 2021 at 15:30
  • @DoktorMayhem - can't believe how sensitive some folks are... Must keep up the stocks of cotton wool ! A spade's a spade where I come from, but we're all different - it seems.
    – Tim
    Nov 17, 2021 at 15:33

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