I am making these files (Beethoven piano sonatas) available now (rather than later) because I have reached a point of diminishing returns in their editing. That is, theoretically the pieces can always come closer still to the way I think they ought to be interpreted--but not by so much that it justifies my spending all that much more effort on it. Although it was fun while it lasted, it's time to work on something else now.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright (P) 1997 Mr. S. D. Rodrian
Although any transcription of Beethoven's music is by definition in the Public Domain, these 'interpretations' ARE copyrighted as performances:
This music may not be reproduced by any means without the expressed written permission of S. D. Rodrian... with the one exception that these MP3 files may be freely distributed through the WWW as long as they are not modified in any way. .
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Beethoven Works For Piano Interpreted by S D Rodrian
Beethoven's 'Pathetique' Piano Sonata No.08 was probably the most startling piece of music that Beethoven's contemporary audience heard. Up to then music had worked almost independently of its audience--and here it demands its undivided attention: The work is like a soliloquy directed straight at its listener, and, considering the lovely theme of its second movement... who can blame Beethoven for introducing such a call for attention in its opening movement?
Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Piano Sonata No.14 is probably his best-known one, in large measure due to the way the 'accompaniment' overpowers the theme in its first movement (considering what a powerful theme it is). Certainly the middle movement is not much more than a graceful little dance. Although its concluding movement more than makes up for it, being one of the master's unquestioned masterpieces. More to come (perhaps)... LATER
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