Beethoven

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The Kreutzer Sonata
Beethoven-Tolstoy-Janačék
Music and Literature are like twin sisters. Not necessarily identical, but deeply connected in ways that can’t be easily explained. When the great Russian novelist and writer Leo Tolstoy published his1889 novella on the ideal of sexual abstinence and jealous
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Beethoven the Tramp
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 “Allegro molto” We have long known that Ludwig van Beethoven was a man of high eccentricity. Stories about his temper became legendary, and detail sudden rages, uncontrolled emotional states, suicidal tendencies,
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Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives
Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger Hier ist er, der Verbannte From Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (2013) Released by Harmonia Mundi Beethoven: Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger – Hier ist er, der Verbannte In his only
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Beethoven: Piano Trios op. 70 no. 2, op. 97 “Archduke”
Trio for piano, violin and cello no.6, Op. 70 no. 2 III. Allegretto ma non troppo From Beethoven: Piano Trios op. 70 no. 2, op. 97 “Archduke” (2014) Released by Harmonia Mundi Beethoven: Trio for piano, violin and cello no.6,
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Bach and Beethoven – a legal comparison
Hans von Bülow famously said that in piano music “Bach is the Old Testament and Beethoven, the New Testament”. With all respect to the great man, I would content that a better framework to compare the two is not a
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A Cellist’s Dream – The Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Desert Island? No problem. I’d take the five Beethoven Cello Sonatas hands down. Spanning all three periods of Beethoven’s life they essentially depict his whole life story — from the lyrical Sonata in F major Op. 5 Nr. 1 to
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The Érard of Your Ways!
“Waldstein” and “Appassionata”
Beethoven’s Transfer of the “Symphonic Ideal” Into His Middle Period Piano Sonatas What had begun as a slight ringing in Beethoven‘s ears around 1789 had progressively turned into partial deafness by 1801. In 1802, while spending the summer in the
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Beethoven and his Op. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 2, No. 1 Piano Sonatas Op. 2 No. 2 Piano Sonatas Op. 2, No. 3 Historians and scholars habitually divided Beethoven’s life and work into three periods, a concept that originated with Johann Aloys
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