In this video I talk about one way that I make arrangements. For hymns, popular songs, folk songs, I prefer to work from a lead sheet. A lead sheet contains the melody as well as the chords.
This lesson is on the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. “Moonlight Sonata” refers to Sonata No. 14. The original key is c-sharp minor but for this arrangement, I transposed it to the key of A minor.
This movement is composed in a quasi Sonata form, which I explain in the tutorial. One of my favorite movies is Immortal Beloved, a movie about the life/love life of Beethoven. Probably my favorite scene from the movie is when he lays his head on the piano and plays this movement.
You can see a clip of it here: