Tag Archives: Beethoven Sonatas

How to start the day

Add David Hyde Pierce to the list of performers who start the day with a Bach Prelude and Fugue. ┬áBoth lead actors on the TV show Frasier, which I think is the funniest TV show to have aired in the … Continue reading

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Sight-reading Beethoven

I’ve made it all the way up to the Hammer-Klavier Sonata, opus 106. It’s probably the hardest of Beethoven’s solo piano works, written quite late in his life. I’ve been reading through all the Beethoven Sonatas,

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Confronting Opus 22

In my quest to sight-read through all of Beethoven’s Sonatas, I knew I would at one point turn the page and there would be Opus 22 – mocking me, testing me to see if I have grown up yet. It … Continue reading

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Pedalling Beethoven

If you’re like me, you usually ignore the pedal markings in the Beethoven Sonatas and just do what sounds good. Turns out, this is the right way to approach it! Dr. Christine Vanderkooy, Associate Professor of Piano at the University … Continue reading

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You’re never too old…

This month’s issue of Clavier Companion includes a couple of wonderfully inspirational articles about Frank Glazer and Liva Rev – both active performers and teachers in their nineties. They have both been world class concert pianists and continue to share … Continue reading

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