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Beethoven 109: Grasping for Light Amongst the Darkness I often feel as if the piano and Beethoven were fashioned from the very same mould; somehow inextricably linked by their very design. I hear his echoes between each and every ivory and ebony key; as if he were still playing to this very day. Many feel [...][...]read more
Mondscheinsonate von Beethoven (moonlight sonata): “Über Gefühle, die nur die Musik kennt” (if you like, there is an article of the moonlight sonata in ENGLISCH) Es gibt diese Musikstücke, die man einmal hört, und nie wieder vergisst. Eines der wohl schönsten Beispiele dafür ist für mich die Mondscheinsonate des großen Ludwig von Beethoven. Sie hat [...][...]read more
Chopin Nocturne No 20: The Darkest Hour Occurs Immediately Before the Dawn Frederic Chopin composed no fewer than 21 nocturnes over the course of his career and some would argue that his Nocturne in C# Minor Opus 20 is one of the most famous. Hauntingly melancholic and interspersed with a host of melodic flavours, this [...][...]read more
Dancing with Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 Of all Franz Liszt’s nineteen Hungarian Rhapsodies, No. 2 in C# Minor is the most celebrated. Inspired by the Hungarian folk music that Liszt came to love as a youth, the manner in which the vigour and playfulness of these inspirations is so nakedly displayed in Liszt’s music [...][...]read more
Revolutionary Etude Op 10 No 12: A Melodic Shot Across Time I have always respected Chopin for his ability to transcribe his emotions directly into the pieces that he wrote. Revolutionary Etude Op 10 No 12 is perhaps one of the best examples of this talent. It was written during the time that the Russians [...][...]read more
Inspiration, Force and Vigour: Chopin Polonaise Op 53 in A-Flat Major Written in 1842, Chopin Polonaise Op 53 (Heroic) is thought by many to represent the pinnacle of his success as well as a clear indication of how technically proficient he had become by this time. Chopin was a composer who was deeply affected by [...][...]read more
Beethoven Appassionata: A Torrent of Expressive Emotion Beethoven is one of the most renowned composers to have ever lived and within his sheer volume of work, a handful of pieces serve to at least partially define the depths of this composer. One example is certainly the famous Beethoven Appassionata. Full of sound and raw emotional [...][...]read more
Chopin Black Keys Etude Op. 10 No. 5: An Exercise in Light-Hearted Frivolity Chopin Etude Op 10 No 5 is one of the most celebrated pieces from this renowned pianist and composer. Indeed, many consider this oeuvre to be exceedingly challenging even for advanced artists. However, this was not the reason that I decided to [...][...]read more
Fantaisie Impromptu in C# Minor: An Odyssey of Melodic Genius Frédéric Chopin is undoubtedly one of the most famous pianists of all time. Even those who are unfamiliar with classical music can identify one or more of his tunes; largely due to the fact that have been featured in many modern films. However, to truly [...][...]read more
When you hear of the Mephisto Waltz, what comes to mind is the No. 1 in the series of four waltzes by Franz Liszt. No. 1 is the most popular of the Mephisto Waltzes with renditions from different classical pianists. It is a dramatic piece that has always been a favourite of concertgoers around the [...][...]read more
Moonlight Sonata: An Emotional Dance with Beethoven (Wenn Sie möchten gibt es einen Artikel zur Mondscheinsonate auch auf DEUTSCH) Technically known as Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces for piano ever written. It is actually interesting to mention that this piece was originally [...][...]read more
The Ocean Etude: A Study in Uncharted Emotional Depths Mournful. Yearning. Sublime. Sentimental. These are four of the numerous words which can be used to describe the emotional qualities contained within Opus 25 No. 12 composed by Chopin. Often referred to as the “Ocean Etude”, this piece is the final work within the entire set [...][...]read more