Tag Archives: Ludwig van Beethoven

“One note follows another with complete inevitability”

Leonard Bernstein plays through – on piano and with an orchestra – some fragments and sketches that Beethoven rejected when composing his Fifth Symphony. It’s a fascinating look at what might have been. Or might not have been. And it … Continue reading

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Expand your universe

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”   ~Douglas Adams               ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Too personal, almost naked

“I feel uncomfortable listening to Beethoven. I think he is too personal, almost naked.      Give me Bach, rather, and then more Bach.” ~Albert Einstein ______________________________________________________________ Quote from an interview with Lili Foldes via chopinsnudes. Image: Parabola Magazine Related articles The … Continue reading

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It’s okay to not love Beethoven

Tchaikovsky didn’t. He adored Mozart. And considered Bach, Handel, Gluck and Haydn mere forerunners to Mozart. From his diaries (1886):  “… I shall start with Beethoven, whom it is usual to praise unconditionally and whom it is commanded to worship … Continue reading

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Beethoven. Pushing us beyond our limits.

Beethoven gave us some fast – sometimes obscenely fast – metronome markings. These speeds have been debated for almost 200 years already. What was he thinking? Was his metronome faulty? Were there clerical errors at the publishing house? He was … Continue reading

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Sublime. Spectacular. And heartwarming.

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. It doesn’t get better. Jon Kimura Parker is here in a short (under 6 minutes) video – a concerto chat – that touches on all three movements. Watch to the end for a heartwarming story. Click here … Continue reading

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“I want to play the Moonlight Sonata”

“As to choice in the study of your pieces, ask the advice of more experienced persons than yourself; by so doing, you will save much time.” ~Robert Schumann And then, for inspiration, listen to this. Listen – whether or not … Continue reading

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Recharging

                                                                  Image: Pops Digital What a weekend. Friday night … Continue reading

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“Page-turner” redefined

This is for anyone who has been nervous about being asked to turn pages for a pianist. Beethoven was giving a concert at a court in Vienna one night in 1795 or 1796, playing a Mozart concerto. He had asked … Continue reading

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Pedaling the Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven has given us the following mystifying instructions at the beginning of the Moonlight Sonata:   “Si deve suonare tutto questo pezzo delicatissimamente e senza sordino” which in plain English means to put the damper pedal down for the entire movement. … Continue reading

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Beethoven. Terrified.

“The amount of money one needs is terrifying…” ~Ludwig van Beethoven Image: Musical Musings

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