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Last Week's Question

Question: Many of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas have acquired titles: give two examples.

Answer: Two out of: Grand Sonata, Pathétique, Funeral March, Moonlight, Pastoral, Tempest, The Hunt, Waldstein, Appasionata, A Thérèse, Les adieux, Das Lebewohl, Hammerklavier

Prize details:

The Piano Sonata in A major, Op 2 No 2, already shows signs of Beethoven’s innovative spirit: many of his sonatas at the time, including this one, have four movements, which was unusual.

The Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 10 No 1 has three movements, but according to the sketches, was supposed to have four. Hewitt describes the Adagio Molto as ‘one of Beethoven’s most glorious slow movements’.

The Piano Sonata in F sharp major, Op 78 has only two movements, and features unexpected jumps between the major and the minor in the fast movement, which would have seemed practically disorienting at the time.

The Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op 110: Hewitt states that Beethoven often chooses A flat major ‘for movements of heightened eloquence’. The next movement is Allegro molto, and the final movement is divided into Adagio ma non troppo, and a Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo; although the sonata only has three movements, it could appear to have four. Beethoven had intended to dedicate this sonata to Antonie Brentano, one of the candidates for his ‘Immortal Beloved’, but his letter to the publisher arrived too late, and the sonata remained without a dedication.

Angela Hewitt is a British/Canadian classical pianist, possibly best known for interpretations of Bach: she has also recorded diverse composers including Couperin, Messiaen, Schumann, Mozart, and Debussy. In 2000, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC), and in 2006, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Angela Hewitt (pno)

(Hyperion CDA 68086) (Ode)

ealand singer and actor, formally trained at the Conservatorium of Music in Wellington. She has developed her own style of singing that draws on classical training and her experience in Māori performance and te reo. Her performances include singing in Farr’s Te Papa, Body’s recent Songs and Dances of Desire’ with the APO, and performing in the theatre work Stones in Her Mouth.

Jonathan Besser, Mere Boynton (Besser)
Besser – Boynton 2015

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