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repeated notes in its theme (11:16) are like Chekhov's proverbial gun, which fires towards the end of the movement, at 14:14, when the left hand, which has obviously had enough, goes amok and hammers out a long string of repeated octaves in fortissimo. The music grows towards the end, whipping itself into a technical and emotional frenzy and culminating in a dazzling cascade down a C major triad. 2013 Preview SONG TIME Piano Sonata No. It contrasts No. The repeats of the refrain (five in number!) It's the key of the Fifth Symphony, the Third Piano Concerto, the Coriolan Overture, the Pathétique, etc., etc. It abounds in diminished seventhchords, as in for instance the first full bar of its opening introduction: The final movement, in C major, is a set of variations on a 16-bar theme, with a brief modulating interlude and final coda. And the grandness totally applies to the music. The episodes are brighter, even humorous, which makes each return of the refrain seem that much more impactful, inevitable, even fateful. 2 in 1790. This love he must have felt to this music shines through, and the emotion is so heartfelt and genuine – take the beautiful pleading passage at 3:58 for example, or the beginning of the second movement, at 7:06, this gentle lullaby, almost Brahms-like in its earnestness. Ferdinand Ries wrote: ‘In the sonata (in C major, He returns there to the expanded, four-movement structure of his first four sonatas, and abandons – perhaps with the exception of the finale – the concise, sometimes even abrupt manner of composition he used in the fast movements of sonatas Nos. These unexpected throwbacks to the opening’s dark colour and atmosphere show Beethoven a master dramaturge, using structure as a psychological device to elicit a uniquely powerful emotional response. 26 'March Funebre' Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. ), This year I will be intensely living through Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. Beethoven’s increasing emotional maturity and sensitivity comes alongside a boundless imagination and a control of the instrument which was astounding already around the time of his first sonatas, and has only increased since. The jagged, nervous impetus of the first movement's opening belies the lyrical, heartfelt or light-spirited music which makes up most of it. The standout movement, for me, is the second one (7:46). It reminds me quite a bit of the finale of the G major Sonata, Op. I’ve been playing all 5 quite regularly since I was a teenager, and I’ve recorded four of them last year. And then, after 15 seconds of this explosive but not-too-dangerous rage, all is back to normal, as if nothing's happened. Those of you who have been following the project on social media will already know most of the below, so please feel free to skip this post and come back tomorrow for Sonata No. If we were to judge this sonata by its fast movements – inventive, fresh, brilliant and imaginative, assured, full of humor and surprises – it would feel as a natural development and intensification of a musical path Beethoven followed in his earlier works. A bravura first movement, overflowing with effervescent energy and good-natured humour, presents an abundance of melodies and motives. The form, too, is gradually becoming larger, the textures more generous, the writing more pianistic. After the passion and darkness of the F minor sonata, and the easy, warm eloquence of the A major sonata, Beethoven turned to C major for a work of explosive brilliance. “I’ve been practising a great deal because It doesn’t seem that I’ve ever managed to play it perfectly. Harmonically, the movement is extremely stable, repeatedly coming back to the home key. We scheduled a period of filming in the second half of July, and decided to film as much as I could humanly prepare, as the autumn looked untrustworthy, with its risk of a second wave. Beethoven's sonatas Op. Secondly, today we know that Schindler was a forger and a fabricator – many of his entries in the written conversation books with Beethoven were inserted by him long after Beethoven’s death (as shown by research in the 1970s and ’80s), and thus it is impossible to say whether any reply which he had attributed to Beethoven was true or falsified. He also has a real flair for Beethoven’s fugal writing, so critical to the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, the Sonata … Instead, my eyes skip to any mention of Italy in the news, as my heart and thoughts are with them and with that small corner of Italy in particular. Beethoven writes two doleful recitativo lines, both pianissimo, bathed in a single continuous pedal, allowing harmonies to cloud over – it’s an otherworldly sound, haunted and haunting (5:52). These are not strictly correct by modern rules, since the former implies two groups of three semiquavers and the latter four groups of three demisemiquavers, but these conventions were not established in Beethoven’s day. Or on the last note of the opening line, coinciding with the first note of the left hand? A fantasy was a free-form musical composition, commonly consisting of several loosely linked sections with abrupt shifts of tempo, mood and key. Instead, Beethoven brings together a moderately slow opening movement (a theme with variations), a blazing scherzo, a funeral march and a quicksilver finale to form a fascinating story arc. The Minuet is a jewel among the other movements, replete with beauty and poetry. Whatever depths of evocative storytelling we encountered in Sonata No. Whatever unusualness it does have can be summed up in two points: a) it begins with a dissonant chord (0:06); and b) it has no slow movement, containing instead a Scherzo (8:37) and a Minuet (8:37). It's tremendously fun to play. But Beethoven went not a step, but a leap forward in the second movement (6:55) – perhaps the earliest undisputed mature masterpiece in his output. 13 in E flat major, Op. 54, contrasted with the highly tense, most on-the-brink-of-disaster movement Beethoven has ever written in the later Op. News from around the world was worrying, and I hoped the music might provide a moment of respite. Allegro 4. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 1. 32 in C Minor, Op. A brighter middle section (12:53) brings some playfulness with a dotted triplet motif, but the merrymaking only lasts its allotted 16 bars, unable to stave off a return to the bleaker world of the main theme. 2 ‘Moonlight' Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. (On this day 249 years ago Ludwig van Beethoven was baptised. Piano Sonata No.31 in A♭, Op.110 31. 1 is the most laconic in its material; in a way the more extrovert Nos. The two other movements fit more conventionally in their roles within the sonata arc, but are not at all less exciting in their content. It is akin to a pocket universe, where rules apply that might not apply elsewhere, and discovering and accepting these rules is a prerequisite to enjoyment. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato. 1 and 2. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas are considered probably his greatest piano sonatas. The challenge of describing the opening theme exemplifies for me the complexity of feeling we’ll frequently encounter from now on. But they were also a huge source of joy and fulfilment; a truly unforgettable musical experience. But in performance, it’s as magically atmospheric as the opening movement: subdued and shadowy, with the hands gliding over the keyboard at speed, each triad a touch of colour and emotion, all masterfully painted with delicate, suggestive brushstrokes. You can follow the entire project here on beethoven32.com. 27 No. We hear it in the ‘Ode to joy’, and perhaps at its most transcendent in the ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ (Holy song of thanksgiving) from the late A minor string quartet (Op. In a way, we could see it as a closing, summarising chapter of the first third of Beethoven’s sonatas cycle. Beethoven takes the closing chords of the first movement and puts them above a stormy whirlwind of sound, at times furious, at times impassioned, at times haunted and driven. The Sonata falls into two distinct parts: the energetic, taut as a wound spring Allegro con brio on one hand, and the expansive, poetic, highly imaginative finale with its slow introduction on the other. 17 and Sonata No. 5 and 6. But perhaps the biggest shift is in Beethoven's imagination – the very concept of what a sonata could be seems expanded; it is as if a previously two-dimensional painting began to acquire depth. 18 is the only one in the opus to be written in four movements, like most of Beethoven’s Grandes Sonates (Opp. 111: II. Having written the above, I wonder if it is unfair to reproach the sonata for mostly playing it safe. If Sonata No. What started as a cool idea has quickly become a… – I honestly don’t know how to describe it in a word; it’s passionate, engaging, sleep- and thought-consuming, stimulating, surprising, sometimes infuriating – love? 109, and C minor, Op. 1. They are mentioned almost as an afterthought: ‘two little easy sonatas of two movements each’, following a list of more major works available for publication: a symphony (No. Among Beethoven’s few close friends in Vienna were the piano-building couple, Andreas and Nanette Streicher. Perhaps this was Beethoven’s intention exactly – to clash the inner and outer worlds. He has played all the sonatas in public since the age of 18. It was written between 1821 and 1822. Beethoven (thankfully!) The third movement is a hybrid minuet and scherzo, starting off as a melancholy, somewhat stylized dance, which changes its character drastically towards the end. Of the five variations that follow, two stand out: the third one, in the very uncommon key of A flat minor (seven flats! This music for me is both an embodiment of loss, despair and resignation and a show of great empathy from Beethoven to those who have experienced these emotions. The F minor sonata, opening the opus, is laconic in its musical language and form, but highly expressive in its emotional content. And I’m also sure that this ‘extra more’ Beethoven I experienced last week will remain a guiding light for me as to how Beethoven can and should feel onstage. A third repeat of the theme (12:36) turns into a coda, closing the movement (and perhaps one's eyes) with a a contented weariness of limb. Then Beethoven stops (4:16), reconsiders (4:18) and finally continues in the right key of F major (4:27). In the coming weeks I will release sonatas Nos. But the final result is more than a joke: there’s plenty of genuine drama in the development, and a fascinating interplay between major and minor keys in the second subject, foreshadowing Schubert’s immediacy of mood changes. 53, known as ‘Waldstein’, after its dedicatee, Count von Waldstein, a close friend and early patron of Beethoven. But more than a simplistic depiction, to me the first movement is an exploration of the mystery of life, from its first beginnings, evoking a sense of wonder and requiring utmost love and care, to the rich abundance of life’s full bloom, captured by Beethoven in multifaceted, sensitive, breathing strokes. This is number 32 of 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven. Which supports my point, that Beethoven was done writing piano sonatas, and had consciously decided to stop at 32. One (small) part is alert and following the performance, and perhaps directs the musical flow a little bit, the other (much larger) part is completely sunk into the music, experiencing it in a kind of visceral, instinctive way which precludes logical thinking and seems wired directly to your deepest feelings, without any buffers or defenses. 1. 7-11 – those that had been filmed before the lockdown – and will continue filming as soon as the situation allows. From Variation 4 onwards each beta divides into nine, and so the correct time signature would be 27/32, but Beethoven uses 9/16 with implied triplet signs. Years after the publication of the ‘Moonlight’, people were still talking about it, leading Beethoven to grumble to his student Carl Czerny that surely he had written better things! 13 which adheres more closely to this ideal. The nickname was coined by Ludwig Rellstab, a German poet and influential music critic, some five years after Beethoven’s death, but its colossal popularity certainly dated back to Beethoven’s lifetime. Then, while waiting for the new material to be released, I will be posting session notes from July: thoughts about the sonatas and a kind of diary of how the filming went each day. All rights reserved, including educational use. Whatever the case, both sonatas are certainly not unworthy of Beethoven’s name, the first in G minor perhaps being the stronger work of the pair. 12 is a door leading to exciting, hitherto unexplored musical worlds. Mann states that “this added C sharp is the most moving, consolatory, pathetically reconciling thing in the world.” The C sharp occurs just after the conclusion of the triple trill, and Taruskin (and with different emphasis, Rosen), more analytically than Mann, notes that the triple trill introduces the “only modulation ever to intrude, in this movement, upon the limpid C-major tonality of the whole.” Anton Kuerti, in his extensive notes (1996) to his recordings of the Beethoven sonatas, further notes that as the trilling ceases, on the very C sharp, the “bass and treble both play single notes separated by five octaves, as though the composer were telling his theme, ‘There, I leave you to stand on your own.’” Or, to use Rosen’s description, by the “power to suspend motion, seeming to stop the movement of time….”. And Beethoven does have one final trick up his sleeve: after a cliff-hanger near the end of the movement, the slow movement returns – a structural device unprecedented in Beethoven’s large-scale works – granting us a valedictory dose of poetic beauty, before the music plunges into a presto coda, ending the sonata with finger-breaking fireworks. The mood of course couldn’t be farther apart – allegretto and dolce in Op. It's all here. English: The Piano Sonata No. Two other elements are in play: a hyperventilating motif made of short two-quaver groups, and a tremolo of triplets. 12, they come to a glorious culmination in the sister-sonatas Op. 2 were his calling card in Vienna as a composer. 32 in C Minor, Op. Rosen’s analysis of these two aspects of the composition is brilliant. Adam has studied with Alfred Brendel, Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, and Murray Perahia, all Beethoven specialists. The slow movement, too, stands out in its emotional maturity and often exquisite beauty – its deep musicality wonderfully balancing the fireworks of the fast movements. Part of the original idea for the project was to explore the sonata cycle in chronological order. 21 (1804). The high point for me was No. In the end, after the farewell coda with its drone-like left hand, it all evaporates like a summer day’s dream. And the three sonatas Op. That short, melodic figure proves important later on, as Beethoven builds half the development section around it – first as an imitative narrative (5:02), then in a veiled, pianissimo section (5:15), and finally as material for a wonderful build-up (6:22), from a mysterious (though always driven) half-whisper and up to a blaze of brilliance leading back into the recapitulation. Tender and gentle, its melody unfolds like a beautiful, unhurried, heartfelt Lied. 2 ‘Moonlight' Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. Only towards the end of the development (05:05) does Beethoven’s customary ease of surprising us come to the fore, as he brings the left hand to the very bottom of the keyboard in a long, very atmospheric pianissimo passage. 49), which he went on to explore in the increasingly poetic Opp. As a separate element, Beethoven enjoys playing with shifting bar lines, right from the beginning. 1 (hence, expectations! 10 No. Instead, Beethoven takes the last three notes – the musical equivalent of "that is all" – and builds an entire extended (and even somewhat dramatic) narrative around it. But I jump too far ahead – all this will apply much more to Beethoven’s later sonatas! And lest it all sound like damning with faint praise, for me these are magnificent examples of Beethoven dedicating the same love, care and thought to all of the sonatas, no matter whether intended as world-altering blockbusters, or as intimate and friendly musical utterances. 1, with its wonderful simplicity, innocence and utter lack of desire to move anywhere, harmonically speaking (this, in contrast to the most basic tenet of a sonata form – its inherent need to change key, change subject, modulate, explore). Its four movements, performed without a break, show the ease of transition we might expect from an improvisation, or free associative thinking – or a dream. 1 is likely to date from 1797 or early 1798, around the time of composition of the Sonatas, Op. The musical development from Beethoven’s earlier sonatas is harder to pinpoint. I won’t bore you with the ultimately unexceptional story of all my concerts getting cancelled in quick succession from mid-March to more or less now. An absolute masterpiece in its own right. life? Based on sketches in one of Beethoven’s notebooks, Sonata No. In its place stood the A complete, gripping narrative in under two minutes! To point out just one – the unbelievable seven (!) 32 in C minor, Op. To No. 12 Op. Of the four sonatas in the recent group, the ‘Pastoral’ is the most traditional in its structure and in the composition of its movements. The short coda – or rather afterword – is gloomy and subdued, a pause in the story rather than a full stop. To balance it, an even more virtuoso coda finishes the movement. A quadruple descending call is answered by an energetic rhythmical motif, as Beethoven resolutely effaces any residual darkness with the most vigorous, driven movement of the sonata. Now life continues, and with intensity, but I will be digesting last week for a while, I’m sure. The next one to follow, No. Beethoven never hides his interest in the motifs he develops, and here, too, it is made obvious in the last third of the movement, as the motif is stubbornly repeated, building up to a climax, and then descending, gradually calming down before the seamless transition into the finale. 18 (1802) and Sonata No. The main body of the first movement is full of relentless drive, storm and drama. 17. The original march-like movement returns at the very end, cautious and in pianissimo as if tiptoeing up to someone. This is one of Beethoven’s hallmarks: taking tiny musical building blocks and developing them beyond the limits of their perceived potential. Bach: Book 1 – Trinity I-VII, On the Cantatas of J.S. The Piano Sonata No. From the first bar, there is an unadorned sincerity to the music which catches one's breath – I couldn't think of a bigger and less expected contrast to the fun-filled ingenuity of the opening movement. (You might well think here – what interesting jokes Beethoven had! 7. Nestled between two titans – the Waldstein and the Appassionata – is an unusual, enigmatic two-movement work. Instead, they are much earlier works. As well as the complete set, we also publish all Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas as separate items of sheet music.Here is the list. 1, also among the 3 Sonatas Op. This opening line is also the basis of the development, the only truly turbulent section of the sonata. This interplay between two and three continues throughout the movement, as does the virtuoso interplay between the right and left hands. With one simple broken chord, Beethoven creates so much atmosphere and promises so much magic that the music transports us elsewhere right away. It is a long rondo with a complex nested form, exploring a There are many elements that Arrau brings to these works that few others have matched. The immediacy and intensity of emotion is staggering, right from the opening C minor chord. The short, clipped chords set the mood of comic seriousness, accentuated by a plump long chord at the end of each phrase. Before that, it would have been easy for me to write: Beethoven in the isolation of deafness; Beethoven the grimly scowling, defiant as fate comes knocking at the door… Hard to think of another composer whose image would better relate to us at present, when times darken around, and an unseen threat forces us, too, into tightening isolation. The exploration and crossing of boundaries can be seen as a central motif in Beethoven's compositions in general, and in his piano … The other sonata of the pair, No. Why dreamscape: Hesse wrote that music scores are frozen tone-dreams; but so are interpretations, since what we imagine, what we hear inside our heads while looking at a piece of music, can often be miles away from what our fingers are actually producing. 28 'Pastorale' Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven's Sonata No. The latter, by the time of the story’s publication, already had a nickname – ‘Appassionata’ – and so the ‘Tempest’ nickname only stuck to the sonata that was still unnamed. Contrasting with these (not very major) points is the wonderful openness of character of all four movements, the clarity of narrative and the unclouded mood reigning throughout. I must admit there is very little I can write about the sonata – if ever there was a case where the music speaks fully for itself, this is it. In 2020, pianist Boris Giltburg is taking a YouTube journey through all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. 10, and before the Pathétique. I was on tour in the States when cancellations and lockdowns started happening in Europe and the US. A friend of Beethoven’s expressed his opinion that the 13’s myriad of moods it juxtaposes a single-minded unity of colour and expression, concentrated and powerful. Here, spirituality is abundant, and Beethoven’s sense of colour, texture and register is exquisite. The second movement is the dramatic core of the piece: an unfolding narrative, its opening an early embodiment of 'Innigkeit', this elusive word, part heartfelt, part hushed and awed, part personal and treasured. 16 was not one of those for me. The D major material goes on for a good several phrases. Sonata para piano n.º 32 (es); Sonate pour piano nº 32 de Beethoven (fr); Pianoarentzako 32. 10 – the sonata No. And I’ll keep streaming Beethoven sonatas, as Beethoven is an incredible companion for these times: life-affirming, soul-nourishing, full of love of humanity (his legendary grumpiness notwithstanding), and, in his music, optimistic and sure of a bright dawn to come after any darkness. The finale’s opening (15:08) presents us with what was (intentionally, I believe) missing from the first movement – a long melody of true poetic beauty, earning the Sonata its second, much more artistic nickname, ‘L’Aurora’ (‘The Dawn’), as its gentle caress seemed to evoke the first colouring of the sky at daybreak. Even the second subject—a dialogue between the lower and the upper voices (2:09)—brings no relaxation of energy, as both the unremitting pulse and the sharp, spiky articulation go on. And the finale, a rondo in form, is a light-fingered perpetuum mobile, akin to a merrily bubbling brook which follows the funeral march to wash away all sorrow. Here, however, it is just a passing, though highly effective episode, whereupon the dazzling energy returns and the Sonata ends in full triumph. 78, 90 and finally 111. The main theme is derived from the second subject of the first movement (a nice way to unify the movements), and its imploring, earnest character is augmented by the wonderful, extra-catchy bit at 13:20. In a last similarity to the Appassionata both movements end with a fast coda (11:40), though here too, the similarity is outweighed by the contrast: Op. Like other late period sonatas, it contains fugal elements. But what an unforgettable night. The introduction material also comes back right before the end of the first movement (7:33), with hesitant, questioning phrases, before a final return of the fast tempo, and the decisive, defiant last chords. Beethoven’s contemporaries and later generations of critics didn’t think much of it, and it remains seldom performed today. 19-20) to one of his greatest – Sonata No. Rather than a more common unmeasured sweep down or up the keyboard, here the glissando is to be played pianissimo, in strict measure, with both hands, and to make things worse, with a controlled stop in the middle of the line. The third movement is a lovely minuet, gentle and, apart from the more animated trio, carefree. Can’t wait to share it all with you. And through it all, the pulsing bass weaves in and out, speaking of Life’s never-ending continuity. 21 (1804). Beethoven wrote the sonatas over a period of almost 30 years, with the first three composed in 1795 and the final instalment, Opus 111: Piano Sonata No. 1 and 2). 32 in C minor, Op. A beautiful middle section, repeated twice, serves as a point of calm, but can only delay the inevitable return of the storm and the final collapse. In 1796, a year after the successful publication of the three sonatas Op. 13 that, for me, it was the true hidden gem of the cycle. 1 'Quasi una fantasia' Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. And with this intensity of feeling, comes an overwhelming desire to share. It is immensely loveable and an absolute joy to perform. 3) and two ‘adagios for violin with complete instrumental accompaniment’ (the violin Romances Nos. Like the opening Menuetto, this movement, too, seems to follow its own somewhat unpredictable logic. The results are often humorous, and Beethoven complements his fundamental idea with other comic ingredients – highly contrasting dynamics, theatrical fermatas and pauses. 11, Op. It’s a harrowing movement, picking up the storyline from the end of the first movement to complete an arch of great emotional and dramatic impact. The final attempt to escape this doom fails, and leads instead into an explosive frenzy of a coda, crashing upon us with almost no build-up. In addition to the dramatic F minor Sonata, Op. The fault for its being a hidden gem lies at least partially with its sister, the incommensurably more popular ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Op. The second variation, returning to the comic character of the theme, explores the syncopation effect to the fullest. The first movement, energetic and at places blazingly virtuosic, contains an unexpected and inspired second subject in the minor key, lending a personal, urgent note to the music. Along with Beethoven's 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli and his two collections of bagatelles, this was one of Beethoven's last compositions for piano. Prolonged, but without an implied narrative or strong atmosphere (its C major can at times even seem bland). And none of it would have been possible without Thierry Fischer and the Brussels Philharmonic, who were incredible partners. It is decidedly un-Beethovenian at first listening – beautiful, but in a detached, equanimous way. So what now? The funeral march, ‘On the Death of a Hero’, is yet another instance of a perfect balance between the objective and the subjective. Until, without warning, the world explodes about us (15:39), launching the music (and us) into narrative and emotional turmoil. The second movement (6:52) can seem even more enigmatic than the first. become increasingly varied and ornamented, showing Beethoven’s easy ingenuity and delight in exploring the material in an improvisatory way. 109, 110 and 111 between 1820 and 1822. Its easy charm is lovingly explored by Beethoven – the movement is full of imaginative sonorities (the shimmering accompaniment to the melody at 20:23 is a highlight), interesting harmonies (for example the descending chromaticism at 22:08), and a natural, easy to follow (and easy to like) narrative. 7, 22, 26 and 28). Virtuosity is the core trait of the music, whether serious or humorous, thundering or quick-fingered. 10 and 11 – and I will do so tomorrow and next weekend. And then my interlocutor added, as if a bit embarrassed by this, “even Op. Read about Piano Sonata No. I quote from the Raptus Association’s website: “In its metrical scheme … the movement is highly innovative. There’s a feeling of great depth and awe there, but also of elegance and beauty. The dynamics are sharply contrasting, the tempo is very fast, and special effects (like the timpani tremolo imitation at 1:38) add to the turbulent, unsettling atmosphere.
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