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Intro to Beethoven

In today's Washington Post: An introductory user's guide to the Beethoven piano sonatas, by Anne Midgette.

Note: a reader wrote in to observe that in my roster of Beethoven sonata cycles currently going on or scheduled in the DC area, I neglected to mention one I blogged about earlier: Yuliya Gorenman's ongoing cycle at American University (the next is in April). Gorenman will also play the "Waldstein" sonata in one of Rob Kapilow's lecture-demonstrations in the series "What Makes it Great?," presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society on January 12.

By Anne Midgette  |  November 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  music history , random musings  
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I like this article because it made me think about Beethoven's piano sonatas and what they "mean." The article doesn't offer an answer, nor should it. But it would have been interesting to see a little more of the author's opinion on what the sonatas "mean," or indeed what the question of their meaning "means."

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 15, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Upon further review, the author's opinion is perfectly clear. That's what I get for trying to read things over breakfast.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 16, 2009 4:56 AM | Report abuse

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