With a touch of sadness, I finished sight-reading through all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The last sonata, opus 111, one of his last compositions, is fittingly in C Major, that most “homey” of all home keys. It ends with a sublime theme and variations. The metre keeps changing, but the beat does not; the 6/16 time signature threw me for a bit, until I realized it is really 3/8 time. This is one of those times that listening to a recording really helps.
I confess I don’t listen to as many recordings as I probably should, mostly because of the time it takes. You-tube is such a fabulous source of recordings (weeding out the bad ones, obviously), especially for the older giants in the concert pianist field. David McKay, an Australian teacher and the one who inspired me to read through all these, suggested the set of recordings of all the Beethoven Sonatas by Gerard Willems on the Australian-made Stuart & Sons piano. From the samples on the website and the couple that are on you-tube, he and the piano sound fabulous. I’m still hunting for them here in North America; they are available for online purchase from the above website.