Piano Sonata No. 21 In C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” - Ludwig van Beethoven - Steven De Groote - Piano
Label: Finlandia Records - FA 319 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Finland • Genre: Classical • Style: Classical
Beethoven 's Piano Sonata No. Completed in summer and surpassing Beethoven's previous piano sonatas in its scope, the Waldstein is a key early work of Beethoven's "Heroic" decade — and set a standard for piano composition in the grand manner.
The sonata's name derives from Beethoven's dedication to his close friend and patron Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein of Vienna. Op. 53 “Waldstein” - Ludwig van Beethoven - Steven De Groote - Piano the Archduke Trio one of many pieces dedicated to Archduke Rudolphit is named for Waldstein even though other works are dedicated to him.
It is also known as L'Aurora The Dawn in Italian, for the sonority of the opening chords of the third movement, thought to conjure an image of daybreak. It is considered one of Beethoven's greatest and most technically challenging piano sonatas.
The first section of the rondo requires a simultaneous pedal trillhigh melody and rapid left hand runs while its coda 's glissando octaveswritten in dialogue between the hands, compel even advanced performers to play in a simplified version since it is more demanding to play on the heavier action of a modern piano than on an early 19th-century instrument.
The Dawn Song - The Royal Family And The Poor* - The Project Phase 1 - The Temple Of The 13th Tribe Waldstein has three movements :. The first and last movements of the sonata are the most substantial, each taking about 11 minutes to perform.
The first movement is in sonata form : it has a repeated exposition with two subject groupsa development section, a recapitulation and a coda.
The movement opens with repeated pianissimo chords in a straightforward but anxious rhythm, devoid of melody for two bars :. It then swiftly ascends, followed by a three-note descent in the middle register and a four-note descent in the upper. After a half cadence to the dominant G majorthe opening phrase returns again but this time in a tremolo variation.
Modulation to the mediant for the second subject area is another feature shared by this sonata and the Sonata No. For the recapitulationBeethoven transposes the second subject into A majorquickly changing into A minor and then back to C major for the coda. The Introduzione is a short Adagio in 6 8 time that serves as an introduction to the third movement. This replaced an earlier, longer middle movement, later published as the Andante favoriWoO The music gradually gets more agitated before calming down to segue into the rondo.
The rondo begins with a pianissimo melody played with crossed hands that soon returns fortissimoover daringly fast scales in the left hand and a continuous trill on the dominant in the right, as described above.
The second theme, a series Someday (Radio Edit) - Uniq - Someday broken chords in tripletsis soon interrupted by a turbulent section in A minor that foreshadows the central episode.
The music returns to C major and the sweet theme is repeated, followed by a series Piano Sonata No. 21 In C Major staccato octaves in C minor that mark the start of the central episode, one of the few cases where such a melodic change is seen, a tactic repeated in larger works like the Emperor Piano Concerto.
Soon the octaves are accompanied by swirling triplets in the left and then the right hand. The music grows more tense and eventually reaches a cadence in C minor. The second theme reappears, followed by another characteristic long line of beautiful dance-like music. Another series of fortissimo chords announces a short, Op.
53 “Waldstein” - Ludwig van Beethoven - Steven De Groote - Piano pianissimo section: the movement seems to die away but then unexpectedly segues into a virtuosic prestissimo coda that plays with the various themes of the movement, ending in a triumphant rush of grandeur.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An average performance of the entire Waldstein lasts about twenty-five minutes.
Allegro con brio Performed by Artur Schnabelcirca I. Allegro con brio Performed by Michael Hawley. Problems playing these files? See media help. Introduzione — Adagio molto Performed by Michael Hawley. Problems playing this file? Rondo — Allegretto moderato Performed by Michael Hawley. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Piano Sonata No.
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