By Edwin Fischer
In learning Beethoven 's piano sonatas one encounters problems, questions and difficulties the answer of which constitutes a part of the total creative and human schooling of a musician.
The r ange of the gathering compels us to occupy ourselves with concerns of process, shape, concord and te xtual feedback; however the major requirement is an underst anding of the inventive content material. A cautious research of those works will rework us, for Beethoven turns into our teacher,and lead us to strengthen our personal personalities and characters.
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Extra resources for Beethoven's Pianoforte Sonatas: A Guide for Students and Amateurs
At any r ate he was not one to h anker afte r t h e favour of the masses, and h e was a passionate cha mpion of individu al free dom on an et hical basis. His r eading included Marcus Aureliu s, Plutarch , Shakespeare , Klopstock (of whom h e said' He always begins r ight up at t he t op, always maestoso! '), Schiller and Goeth e, 56 BE ETHO VE N ' S P ER SO NALIT Y whom he especially r ever ed. Of conte m porary poets he came in touch with Gr illparze r, Kotzebue, Collin, M atthison (Adelaide) an d Rochli tz.
Like all such works, including the poems one is forced to learn by h eart at school, it is difficult to appreciate t hem in lat er life. Dissection an d repetiti on have ma de us insensiti ve t o their charm and beauty. For me, however, t hese sonata s are among the sweetest and most sympat het ic ch ildren of Beethoven's h eart. Another trouble is that the masses, these ' t err ible simplifiers ' , are incl ined to label composers and, needless to say, the label t hey attach to Beethoven is ' t he heroic ' .
In Beethoven's own t ime it was called the L aube (Arbou r) sonat a because it was thought t o h ave been composed in an arbou r. T he nickn ame Moonlight Sonata came from the poet R ellstab who was inspired to call it that by a moonlit n ight on the L ake of Lucerne. Speaking of nicknames, the Sonata, Op, 53, wh ich in German-speaking countries is called ' W aldstein-Son at e ' after its dedicat ee, is called L 'aurore (' dawn ') by the French . Op. 28 is called' Pastoral Sonata ' in France and England .