|Ludwig van Beethoven op. 90, sonata for piano in e minor, edition Peters edited by Claudio Arrau. This is one of my favorites. Listen in Real Audio|
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|Ludwig van Beethoven op. 28, sonata for piano in d ("Pastorale"), second movement in d minor. This movement was a favorite of Beethoven's, one that he would play for friends. Listen in Real Audio|
Many, many composers have been able to write heavenly tunes and respectable fugues. Some composers can orchestrate the C-major scale so that it sounds like a masterpiece, or fool with notes so that a harmonic novelty is achieved.
But this is all mere dustnothing compared to the magic ingredient sought by them all: the inexplicable ability to know what the next note has to be.
Beethoven had this gift in a degree that leaves them all panting in the rear guard.
Beethoven broke all the rules, and turned out pieces of breath-taking rightness. Rightnessthat's the word! When you get the feeling that whatever note succeeds the last is the only possible note that can rightly happen at that instant, in that context, then chances are you're listening to Beethoven. Melodies, fugues, rhythmsleave them to the Chaikovskys and Hindemiths and Ravels. Our boy has the real goods, the stuff from Heaven, the power to make you feel at the finish: Something is right in the world. There is something that checks throughout, that follows its own law consistently: something we can trust, that will never let us down.
From Leonard Bernstein's "The Joy of Music" (Simon & Schuster, 1960)
|Ludwig van Beethoven op. 53, sonata for piano in c ("Waldstein"), excerpt from third movement. Beethoven's music, to me, is not for those looking for plush, beautiful melodies. I've found some of it, like this episode, quite agitating. Listen in Real Audio|
|The ending of op. 31 no. 2 (first movement), sonata for piano in d minor. Also known as the Tempest, this is one of Beethoven's tragic sonatas. The bass rumbles like thunder in the distance. Listen in Real Audio|
Of Interest to Beethoven Fans
- Beethoven the Immortal (Excellent page!)
- The Unheard Beethoven A remarkable project.
- Beethoven. Under the "music" link you'll find a nice essay about the ninth symphony, with sound samples for illustration.
- A portrait (82kb). The inscription reads Kriedezeichnung von August von Klober Aus Dem Jahn 1818.
- Beethoven on Vintage Postcards
- Beethoven Depot
- Ludwig van Beethoven by Johan Alkerstedt
- Ludwig van Beethoven. Contains a good catalog of works.
- Beethoven searches: Alta Vista, Deja News, Excite, InfoSeek, HotBot, Yahoo, Reference.com
- The Beethoven Symphonies on Record
- The book "Beethoven: A Man of His Word"
- Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 (Choral)
- Beethoven Bibliography Database at San Jose State University
- Bart Berman - original cadenzas for Beethoven's piano concerti
- The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
- The Ludwig mailing list: send mail to email@example.com with info LUDWIG as the content. This list is quite erratic; there are spurts of activity followed by weeks of silence.
- Part of sonata op. 111 in c minor in Beethoven's own hand (88kb).
- A good collection of Beethoven MIDI files
- Le Site Web de Ludwig van Beethoven
|The trio from the scherzo of sonata for piano, op. 2 no. 3, in c major. I didn't believe this the first time I heard it. Listen in Real Audio|
Other Classical Music
- Classical Insites (very good)
- The Classical Solo Piano MIDI Page (very good)
- Classical Music FAQ
- Classical MIDI Archives
- Classical is Cool
- Classical Music on Yahoo
- Musical Instrument Jokes (Don't read these while eating or drinking!)
- What children have to say about classical music (rotflmao!)
|The beginning of op. 22 (first movement), sonata for piano in b flat. Of this movement Beethoven said "This takes the cake." Listen in Real Audio|
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