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Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Quintet in g, Op. 57
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune. Igor Stravinsky

Beethoven, 2 “Middle Period” Piano Sonatas

April 23rd, 2006

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827

Op. 28, Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Pastorale, 1801
Op. 31, No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, 1802

The essential canon of great literature for piano is often said to comprise two parts: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is the Old Testament, Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas, the New. Each set, taken as a whole, represents the zenith of technical mastery in a specific form as well as a miraculously rich and diverse encyclopedia of styles, moods and topics within the parameters of that form. No two are alike. While both works have long been the “bread and butter” of serious music students, they defy even the best of amateurs with their extraordinary demands, quite often, even in the places where their musical substance is devastatingly simple and pure. « more »

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