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Tinklin’ the Ivories with Beethoven

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Lately I’ve found myself crawling back up to the keys, with an apology for abandoning them so long. And re-introducing myself to Beethoven.

Now when you think Beethoven, do you think crazy hair?

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Or do you think of the 1980′s kid’s movie?

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I hear Beethoven and I think music. Moody, deep, pounding, or a crooked little tune, or haunting and crying. Beethoven is probably my favourite composer.

How can someone born in 1770 still stir my soul?

I wanted to learn how to play the piano so that I could learn Fur Elise. It was a grade 5 Royal Conservatory song, which means that, starting from zero, I had a lot of grades to go. But as soon as my teacher gave me the music, I learned it. It is one of the few songs I still have memorized. When you lean toward something for so long, it still seems precious when you move your fingers along the familiar song.

My next big Beethoven was Moonlight Sonata. I loved that song. I had the music, but it was hard. Patiently I plucked over each note, strung them together like Christmas lights and slowly the melody emerged. I love this song. Especially on rainy days with the wood stove going. It is most appropriate for me on a drippy gray morning, played slow.

I am now leaning my sights to Sonata Pathetique. I have the music and I am bent on learning it.

Ask me in a few months how I’m doing. What goals have you set for yourself lately?