Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Beethoven Pathetique Sonata - 2nd movement

 you see, i could listen to this forever.     

Piano Sonata No. 8 (Beethoven)

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. Beethoven dedicated the work to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky.[1] Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven's liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata's tragic sonorities.[2]
Prominent musicologists debate whether or not the Pathétique may have been inspired by Mozart's piano sonata K. 457, since both compositions are in C minor and have three very similar movements. The second movement, "Adagio cantabile", especially, makes use of a theme remarkably similar to that of the spacious second movement of Mozart's sonata.[3] However, Beethoven's sonata uses a unique motif line throughout, a major difference from Haydn or Mozart’s creation.[1]

In its entirety, encompassing all three movements, the work takes approximately 19 minutes to perform

The sonata has three movements:
  1. Grave (Slowly, with solemnity) – Allegro di molto e con brio (Quickly, with much vigour)
  2. Adagio cantabile (Slowly, in a singing style)
  3. Rondo: Allegro (Quickly)

Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio

The first movement is in sonata form. It begins with a slow introductory theme, marked Grave. The allegro section is in 2/2 time (alla breve) in the home key of C minormodulating, like most minor-key sonatas of this period, to the mediant, E-flat. However, Beethoven makes use of unorthodox mode-mixture, as he presents the second subject in E-flat minor rather than its customary parallel major. Beethoven extends Haydn's compositional practice by returning to the introductory section twice—at the beginning of the development section as well as in the coda. Some performers of the sonata include the introduction in the exposition repeat, others return to the beginning of the allegro section.
About this sound First movement 
MIDI rendition, 6:57 minutes, 30 KB
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Grave introduction: first four bars

Adagio cantabile

The Adagio movement opens with a famous cantabile melody. This theme is played three times, always in A-flat major, separated by two modulating episodes. The first episode is set in F minor (relative to A-flat major), further modulating to E-flat major before returning to the main theme. The second episode begins in A-flat minor and modulates to E major. With the final return of the main theme, the accompaniment becomes richer and takes on the triplet rhythm of the second episode. There is a brief coda.
About this sound Second movement 
MIDI rendition, 5:03 minutes, 12 KB
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The famous Adagio cantabile: first eight bars

Rondo: Allegro

The sonata closes with a 2/2 movement in C minor. The main theme closely resembles the second theme of the Allegro of the first movement: its melodic pattern is identical for its first four notes, and its rhythmic pattern for the first eight. There is also a modified representation of the melody from the second movement, thus connecting all three movements together. The movement's sonata rondo form includes a coda. The three rondo episodes are in E-flat major, A-flat major, and C major. The movement can be thought as related to Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op.37. The common use of sforzando creates a forceful effect.
About this sound Third movement 
MIDI rendition, 4:25 minutes, 17 KB
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Rondo: Allegro

Saturday, March 19, 2011

serendipity, time and time again

found! on one of those need to take a euphoric shot, from different times at different vintage house of many many many things.
an orientalia skirt and after some few months orentalia inspired flats. and boy they do match!

i never knew 'til now that little girls this age and below loves to wear some stockings
or tights that is? 

 and now we are some happy duo wearing our acquisitions
on our way to church!

inspite and despite of everything, some lovely days ahead is our wish for everyone. God is good.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

prayers for japan and her people

(photo from: associated press)

 (photo by: joy reyes duran)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011