Because I found myself rambling on and on about the first page, I decided to compartmentalize the instruction to make it easier to absorb.
And since I played the “Tempest” years ago, the surest route to my restoring the piece to a respectable performance level, was to practice it from the ground up in slow tempo.
As I re-approached this Sonata, I relied heavily on CLUMPING or CLUSTERING groups of notes.
The opening two measures that resonate with a peaceful broken chord in the Dominant, are followed by a rapid stream of melodic seconds in a tempestuous descent. (The duality of the motif is clear)
In the video, I demonstrate a wrist forward motion as I clump the seconds which embody non-harmonic upper neighbor tones that are passing dissonances.
Clumping these 2nds (appoggiaturas) and throwing the wrist forward for each group of two allows a bigger and more effective energy to mobilize the passage.
It also helps with developing a “feel” for the composer’s keyboard landscape before advancing tempo.
The Video Instruction further amplifies: Part 1
PART TWO, Instruction, Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata
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