Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Listening to Beethoven

The piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven are of immense diversity covering many moods, styles and structures within the Sonata form. One of the most famous, "the Moonlight Sonata" - a favorite of mine, is both challenging and romantic in conception. Here is a performance by the great German pianist, Wilhelm Kempff.

And in our class today we will be listening to and discussing Beethoven's Opus 10 Sonatas. The first Sonata Op. 10, #1 is also one of my favorites: here is a performance of the opening movement.

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