Beethoven at his best

Have been a little under the weather, with attention further diverted by school and the like. In lieu of posting something political tonight: Beethoven‘s Piano Sonata #14 in C# Minor, Third Movement.

This is actually part of the “Moonlight Sonata,” which begins with the beautiful, haunting tones and tempo of the first movement so widely recognized. Beethoven’s full brilliance is on display in the powerful release of emotion in this third movement, below.

To speed across the tonal spectrum of the instrument in this way has got to be incredible fun for composer and performer alike. If it’s a joy to listen to, how much more so to write or play? I’ve recently started learning the first movement, and I have fantasies of learning the third, but I think I need to not think about that for some time!

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