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Beethovenís Moonlight Sonata

 
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Beethovenís Moonlight Sonata
The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is widely known as the "Moonlight" Sonata.
Beethoven included the phrase "Quasi una fantasia" (Italian: Like a fantasy) in the title because the sonata does not follow the traditional sonata pattern where the first movement is in regular sonata form, and the movements are arranged in a fast-slow-fast sequence.
Beethoven wrote this sonata in 1801 and dedicated it to his pupil, the 17-year-old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi[1], with whom he was (or, according to some accounts, had been) in love. In 1832, several years after Beethoven's death, the German poet and music critic Ludwig Rellstab compared the music of the first movement to moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne, giving rise to the work's byname.
At the opening of the work, Beethoven included a written direction that the sustain pedal should be depressed for the entire duration of the first movement. The Italian reads: "Si deve suonare tutto questo pezzo delicatissimamente e senza sordino" ("The entire piece must be played as delicately as possible and without dampers.").

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Some beautiful words to read while listening if you choose to listen:

I look to the night sky and I feel you are near.
You linger beside me my love in moon rising
and I dare to listen to my heart and desires
that are there. In the silence and shadows I
feel you near. In love I gaze to the full moon
rising. As gently you appear then sink into
depths of loving eyes. Then I hold you so
close and the magic of dreamerís touch is alive.
Now to feel your love in one breathless kiss
Iím alive. One night to meet on the shores of
one true love is more than my heart could
ever dream. Iím in love. Strength of the vortex
Drags me down to the ground but I am saved once again.
Once again touched by your love. Spiraling in our
love we cling to our time and the moment that was
yours and mine still shines. Iím alive, and my heart
cries out...please...please still let the dreamer dream?
But Iím alone once again in the dawn. The sun rises
and the moon waits no more as the day must begin.
Mystical night of moon rising bring her to me once again
Spread your moon light so softly upon my eyes
to see her now. And I pray for the moon and
the dark of the night when the moon rises once again
in my eyes. And in my eyes the stars light her path
to lead her to me and then weíll be singing in love
once more. So till the next time love Iíll wait in
moonlightís wake. Of the stars and the moon of each
long lonely night to caress you and let the stardust
fill my eyes with your love. Till then Iíll gaze to the full
moon rising...till then my love.

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Till Then,
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It's a striking piece in its use of what I might call ritard quasi suspensions.
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That was absolutely beautiful.

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Memories of sitting on the floor at the piano bench listening to my mother play this. She was a gifted classical pianist.
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Memories of sitting on the floor at the piano bench listening to my mother play this. She was a gifted classical pianist.
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You should try it yourself perhaps if you haven't. It feels quite amazing to play on the hands/mind. It's pretty easy up to a point and then it takes some serious dedication. Even better to remember her perhaps by feeling what she felt in her hands.
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Walter Gieseking, my all time favourite pianist. 1951, the year when this recording was made, was my year of birth.



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I came. I saw. I Concorde.

For once you have tasted Concorde you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

"I would say today we can integrate all religions and races EXCEPT ISLAM."
Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Y ew





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