Top 5 Piano Concerto Cadenzas

Not every piano concerto has a significant cadenza, but we tend to remember the ones that do. They are spotlights for the performer to show their skills without any orchestral accompaniment in the way, and often composers save both their most challenging material and some important thematic development for these sections. In the Classical period... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Sonatas from the Classical Period: #1

#1: Beethoven - Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major “Hammerklavier,” Op. 106 From a listener’s perspective, the Hammerklavier is a novel of a sonata to get lost in. From a performer’s perspective, it’s a mountain that you either observe from a distance or set about conquering. Knowing my limitations, I had considered learning Op. 101,... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Sonatas from the Classical Period: #3

#3: Beethoven - Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 “Appassionata” This is stormy, angry, heroic Beethoven. Compared to the Pathétique, the stormy mood is more cohesive here. I love how the first couple minutes of the first movement almost feel like an improvisation, with basic musical materials scattered around and interrupting each other. Somewhere along the... Continue Reading →

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