Context is everything. Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 26th piano sonata to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. The nickname of the sonata is "Les Adieux" or "Farewell," and I've heard speculation on the supposed relationship between the composer and his patron and friend.
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."
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.
Maria Bachmann's latest CD, "French Fantasy," featuring pianist Adam Nieman, pays tribute to those lyrical and dramatic French composers Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, and Cesar Franck, whose sonata she considers the "heart" of her latest album.
Deirdre Saravia spoke with her recently about her career and this latest solo release.
Last summer, seven area high school students took part in the inaugural Camp KPAC, learning radio and recording skills with TPR's James Baker, Nathan Cone, and Paul Flahive. Here's what Clark High School student Kelly Holguin said about her experience:
Alison Balsom's U.S. tour covers the east coast, west coast and luckily, Texas! Trumpet fans around the country have been heralding Balsom as she performs with the Scottish Ensemble.
In this interview, she shares insights about traveling with two trumpets and a two year old, as well as keeping things fresh musically night after night. Alison is also excited to be on stage this summer in a new play written for her!