Category Archives: The sonatas

Performances and personal reflections.

Coast to Coast? Patras to Kalamata, Lydia’s Way.

I have a champion, Lydia, in Athens who has been feeding me routes, enthusiasm and extraordinary confidence. I can tell that she has done all of them herself, by the wonderful details. “Up down up down up up up down … Continue reading

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Opus 111. Sonata in C minor. Beethoven.

The Sonatas; Opus 111 in C minor Beethoven ( dedicated to the Archduke Rudolph) “Come, come, take me away to the transfiguration” LVB Beethoven wrote this last piano sonata not very long before he died, and with the last quartets, … Continue reading

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Opus 109 Sonata in E. Beethoven

The Sonatas; Opus 109 in E 1) Vivace, ma non troppo 2) Prestissimo 3) Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo Variations: Molto espressivo Leggiermente Allegro vivace Un poco meno andante ciò e un poco adagio come il tema Allegro ma non … Continue reading

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Opus 110 sonata in A flat. Beethoven.

First programme notes, with some personal reflections. The sonatas; opus 110 (I will write about them in the order in which I learnt them) 1) Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 2) Allegro molto 3) Arioso Adagio ma non troppo; Fuga, Allegro … Continue reading

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Wow for Catania!

These last few days in Catania have been so full of fun, family, food and adventure I hardly know where to begin! On wednesday, I was met from the bus by Jule and little Milo for a short walk and … Continue reading

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Quite a mix in Noto, Sicily.

A little later this evening I will be coaxing a brave little piano through Beethoven’s last two wonderful sonatas. It is very dark and rainy outside and my excellent walking boots with their vibram soles slide greasily on the beautiful … Continue reading

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Opus 109

If any of you have ever witnessed that beautiful time when a class of under 4’s come to the table in readiness for lighting a candle, you will appreciate that bringing 12 or so little ones to quiet and stillness … Continue reading

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