Randy Anderson http://tpr.org en When Virginals Were Not So Chaste: Alan Feinberg's 'Basically Bull' http://tpr.org/post/when-virginals-were-not-so-chaste-alan-feinbergs-basically-bull <p>A virginal is a spinet harpsichord, normally without legs. The name is obscure even by Oxford English Dictionary standards, but one hint is that the name came from the young and chaste virginal girls that would spend hours and hours practicing their music in cold and drafty castles and mansions.</p><p>It was an unusual time for music in Britain.</p><p>There were battles over whether or not music belonged in the church and the only people that had music before the printed note were musicians and those with enough money to outfit their splendid homes with music rooms.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:38:38 +0000 Randy Anderson 15947 at http://tpr.org When Virginals Were Not So Chaste: Alan Feinberg's 'Basically Bull' Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor http://tpr.org/post/beethovens-ultimate-piano-sonata-no-32-c-minor <p><strong>Ultimate</strong>, a word that originally meant last in Latin has become a description of <em>finest </em>or <em>best</em> in English<br>or <em>ne plus ultra</em> in French. It can be argued that Beethoven's last or ultimate sonata fits both definitions.<br><br>Coming near the end of a life of breaking barriers and exercising his considerable will, the composer's last<br>sonatas are artistic works that have earned their immortality.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Randy Anderson 10358 at http://tpr.org Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages http://tpr.org/post/last-sonatas-beethoven-and-composing-ages <p>It is scary to realize that some of our planet's great art is there for what at the time was an accidental circumstance.</p><p>In 1819 Moritz Schlesinger, a music publisher, met with Beethoven and bargained for 60 songs and 3 piano sonatas. These were his last three piano sonatas - the pinnacle of his Late period - and took longer because of illness and other work.</p><p>Because of these circumstances there was talk of dropping the sonatas from the contract. The Piano Sonata No. 31 was finished Christmas Day 1821.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:45:39 +0000 Randy Anderson 10292 at http://tpr.org The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages What Was Old Is New Again With Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 http://tpr.org/post/what-was-old-new-again-beethovens-sonata-no-30 <p>After his mighty "<em>Hammerklavier</em> Sonata," Ludwig van Beethoven continued with writing sonatas, but on a smaller and more intimate scale.</p><p>The "Sonata No. 30 in E" is a rare combination of nostalgia, youthful vigor and an antiquarian's love of baroque musical forms.</p><p>In the first movement, the music swims out of the void into being and the composer weaves passages that simultaneously project them forward and fall back into reminiscence.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:46:24 +0000 Randy Anderson 10215 at http://tpr.org What Was Old Is New Again With Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 One Of Beethoven's Greatest Testaments, The 'Hammerklavier Sonata' http://tpr.org/post/one-beethovens-greatest-testaments-hammerklavier-sonata <p>My piano teacher told me about the story of Ludwig van Beethoven's creation of his biggest Piano Sonata the <em>"Hammerklavier."</em></p><p>It goes back to John Broadwood sending him his best and biggest piano, and Beethoven's reply was this groundbreaking work. When I looked up to confirm what I was told, I found out the story was even more amazing.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:27:52 +0000 Randy Anderson 10173 at http://tpr.org One Of Beethoven's Greatest Testaments, The 'Hammerklavier Sonata' Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-transcends-his-time-28th-piano-sonata <p>What is a musical genius to do? Ludwig van Beethoven had been composing piano sonatas with his own technical prowess in mind since he was eleven years old, and thirty five years later he hits a brick wall.</p><p>The new ideas and experimentation that stimulated so much of his music wasn't happening. This was the situation Beethoven found himself in 1816. The composer was a crotchety and difficult man at the best of times and after 1815 his physical problems and lack of energy brought his compositional growth to a standstill.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:25:17 +0000 Randy Anderson 10074 at http://tpr.org Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-and-painful-farewell-art-uncertain-times-0 <p>Context is everything. Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 26th piano sonata to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. The nickname of the sonata is <em>"Les Adieux"</em> or "Farewell," and I've heard speculation on the supposed relationship between the composer and his patron and friend.</p><p>Just knowing the title page on the first edition helps clarify some facts: "On the departure of his imperial highness, for the Archduke Rudolph, in admiration."</p><p>Why was his highness leaving? War.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:53:49 +0000 Randy Anderson 9893 at http://tpr.org Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times Beethoven Gets Payback For His "Raise" With 'A Therese' Sonata http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-gets-payback-his-raise-therese-sonata <p>What a difference there was between Mozart and Beethoven. Where the former was often forced to wear livery and eat with the servants, Beethoven hobnobbed with nobility and taught some of them music and piano.</p><p>When he didn't feel he was getting what he deserved, the composer, in 1808, put out the rumor that he was considering a position with a Napoleon brother and would leave for Westphalia.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:00:22 +0000 Randy Anderson 9818 at http://tpr.org Beethoven Gets Payback For His "Raise" With 'A Therese' Sonata Hot Rod Beethoven Settles In For His 'Appassionata' Sonata http://tpr.org/post/hot-rod-beethoven-settles-his-appassionata-sonata <p>We learn from others, or as Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." Beethoven took this advice and borrowed from Mozart and Haydn, but quickly progressed.</p><p>Where some would borrow a sonata development or structure, Beethoven would take the layout, hacksaw it off and replace it with an invention of his own, or invert something and swap parts around, much like car nuts did in the early days of Hot Rod building.</p><p>But the composer's days of modifying others' ideas was over.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:57:09 +0000 Randy Anderson 9755 at http://tpr.org Hot Rod Beethoven Settles In For His 'Appassionata' Sonata Beethoven's Mock-Serious Mood On Full Display In Opus 31's Third Sonata http://tpr.org/post/beethovens-mock-serious-mood-full-display-opus-31s-third-sonata <p>Ludwig van Beethoven's Opus 31 is an amazing collection of inspirations.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:10:02 +0000 Randy Anderson 9419 at http://tpr.org Beethoven's Mock-Serious Mood On Full Display In Opus 31's Third Sonata