Beethoven

KPAC Blog
12:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Beethoven Gets Payback For His "Raise" With 'A Therese' Sonata

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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.

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.

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KPAC Blog
1:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Hot Rod Beethoven Settles In For His 'Appassionata' Sonata

1820 portrait of Beethoven done by Joseph Karl Stieler.

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.

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.

But the composer's days of modifying others' ideas was over.

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Classical Spotlight
9:33 am
Fri April 12, 2013

YOSA On The (Fun) Run With Beethoven

Angel Whitley and Steven Payne at TPR
Chris Eudaily/TPR

YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) are usually on the move, but this weekend, they hope you will join them in a 5k/10k fun run. This is the second year the group has led a "Beat Beethoven's Fifth" race and they are joined by Fleet Feet Sports San Antonio, as well as Texas Public Radio, for the event Saturday morning.

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KPAC Blog
2:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Beethoven's Mock-Serious Mood On Full Display In Opus 31's Third Sonata

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Ludwig van Beethoven's Opus 31 is an amazing collection of inspirations.

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KPAC Blog
12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Break The Piano With Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" On KPAC

Photo of Beethoven's life mask, made in 1812, 15 years before his death.
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Pop music is (usually) in English and is easy to understand, but Classical works are often in another language, and even when they are in English the operatic vibrato clouds the message.

Absolute music like a symphony or sonata has no words, but sometimes the work has a helpful title.

We've been presenting Beethoven's piano sonatas in order weekday mornings and one sonata that is very important in understanding the composer is being broadcast April 10 in the 6 a.m. hour.

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Classical Spotlight
1:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Award-Winning Steinway Artist Jeff Biegel Performs Saturday

Jeffrey Biegel

Jeffrey Biegel talks about his upcoming recital at the First Unitarian Universalist Church this Saturday. While the topics all had something to do with great music, some are a little off topic. Biegel first talks about his new passion, tweeting; @tprclassical subscribes to his tweets and he certainly has a lot to say - as do those that follow his remarks.

A singular honor

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
10:07 am
Fri March 1, 2013

SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike

Maurice Ravel
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I remember reading a legendary performer once say that no two performances are alike. When I starting studying the piano I recorded some of my practice sessions to hear how I was playing without the distraction of making the music.

The great musician was right, not only were all my repetitions different, I couldn't make my performances sound the same if I tried.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
11:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC

Ludwig's last challenge.
Wikipedia

In the hurly-burly of a Piano competition there are selections that can make or break the chances of a competitor; pieces so difficult or dense that only a master musician can make them work for the audience and more importantly, the judges.

On the Piano this Sunday, we continue with music from the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition where two of the pianists "go big" in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be worthy of the gold medal.

Debussy

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Classical Spotlight
10:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven, And Teams With...Scarlett Johansson!

Josh Bell's latest release
Sony Classical

Violinist busy with recordings and nominations

The latest from Joshua Bell isn't a violin album, although he does play. It features his "new band," the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is the Music Director; only the second one in the group's 54 year history. The new Sony Classical release features Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
1:03 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Beethoven Pushes The Envelope

Artur Schnabel
Wikipedia

In the 3 sonatas of Opus 10, Ludwig van Beethoven was making a statement about his pianistic abilities, and one thing he knew that would certainly attract attention was contrast. The composer asks for double fortes, throws in unexpected rests, and invents the heroic funeral movement that he would exploit in future symphonies. This is all in the third sonata in D Major.

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