… of course am I now going to write about Beethoven and his Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight” Sonata – one of the most beautiful music pieces there is.
When I ever listen to this very sensitive and so sad piano piece fills my heart with joy, peace and sadness – it feels like it’s going to burst – so emotional for me – don’t ask me why, don’t have any real or sensible explanations … only that there is something in this sad and softly played piano pieces that that goes straight into my heart. Maybe it’s because the moon and I have a very special bond. Have written a post about the bond I have with the moon since I was a child, about the moon , and that my mum still today say that I’m filled with moonlight.
Beethoven completed it in 1801 and dedicated the following year to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi and it is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano.
In 1832, five years after Beethoven’s death – the name “Moonlight Sonata” has its origins in remarks by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. He likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Within ten years, the name “Moonlight Sonata” (“Mondscheinsonate” in German) was being used in German – and in the early 1900 the sonata was “universally known” by that name.
Beethoven gave a written direction that the sustain pedal should be depressed for the entire duration of the first movement. The Italian reads: “Si deve suonare tutto questo pezzo delicatissimamente e senza sordino” (“One must play this whole piece [meaning “movement”] very delicately and without dampers.”)
The modern piano has a much longer sustain time than the instruments of Beethoven’s day, so today the pianist don’t have to follow his directions. (information from wikipedia.org)
The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata is THE MASTERPIECE of all masterpieces and I think this piece of music touches more or less all of us – because it’s the most romantic piece of all classical music too – with it’s softness .. a solo piano and the slow movements it has.
I’m really a Mozart girl – because Mozart has written music that suits all my moods and senses … but none of his beautiful music can’t touch this.
Can’t say when I heard it for the first time – but I listen to it a couple of times weekly – so soon I need a moment of reality disappearing and calmness.
Have only seen the film about Beethoven – “Immortal Beloved” (1994) starring Gary Oldman as Beethoven – once – but I never forget the scene where she hides behind the door while he are playing the sonata with his ear to the piano – and the anger, when he finds out that she has been standing there. Poor Beethoven was deaf, it’s amazing that a person that was deaf could create music this beautiful and all his other masterpieces. His hearing gradually deteriorated in his early 20th and deteriorated more and more over the years. Every time I listen to it I see the scene in front of me.
Beethoven’s quote here – says it all … this piece strikes with fire and it brings tears to our eyes, at least mine.
“Music should strike fire from the heart of man,
and bring tears from the eyes of woman.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
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