Category Archives: Beethoven Pathetique

Beethoven Adagio Cantabile from Sonata Pathetique (Video)

I realized that given any piano a performer chooses to play, that over-projecting or raising up overall dynamic levels allows the player to shape or mold phrases with a deeper connection into the keys. (I wish my Yeti mic hadn’t … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Practicing a difficult section in Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique, Op. 13, movement 1 (Video)

Some piano teachers prefer to improve a student’s technique by selecting difficult passages from the mainstream piano literature rather than assign a load of scales, arpeggios and chords that journey around the Circle of Fifths. I still believe the best … Continue reading

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Emotion and Meaning in Music with examples from Beethoven’s piano works (Videos)

As I thumbed through a soft cover copy of Leonard B. Meyer’s Emotion and Meaning in Music, a book required for an elective course I took at the City University of New York, I became thoroughly confused by the author’s … Continue reading

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Performing the Adagio Cantabile, Mvt. 2, Beethoven, Sonata Pathetique, Op. 13

There comes a time when all the analyzing, voice parceling and dissection of a movement must finally be integrated into a whole. Trusting that attentive listening and muscle memory are at work on a subliminal level, the player lets go, … Continue reading

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Piano instruction: Beethoven’s Sonata “Pathetique,” Adagio mvt.–applying voice analysis and muscle memory to the opening ( 4 Videos)

The Adagio movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata requires attentive listening, deep in the key practicing, muscle memory, and a natural breath that flows out of phrases. I start with the top most voice and work my way through to the … Continue reading

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A Performance I’ll Never Forget!

I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to provide keyboard music at a Fresno art supply store. It happened quite unexpectedly around the time I’d bumped into Ralph Cato, US Olympic Boxing Trainer at the neighboring Guitar Center. (“Cato, His Killer … Continue reading

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