It also uses a single voice in the bass where previously Beethoven might have needed octaves to give sufficient sonority. The Waldstein is the first Beethoven sonata to have ped markings, and they are more frequent and rapid than was possible with knee levers. A comprehensive new cycle of the Beethoven sonatas recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall during the pianist's epic fourth rendition of these masterpieces . 53 (Waldstein)—27 mins. He also leads the California Symphony’s ground-breaking music education course for adults Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed. That’s with good reason. 53 He drives the notes forward, stirring excitement without succumbing to the melodramatic … the Pathétique and Waldstein sonatas receive equally refreshing and sensitive accounts. On this program, the powerful middle-period “Waldstein” sonata in C Major of 1804 is coupled with a masterpiece of Beethoven’s later … An entry from Beethoven’s friendship book penned by Count Waldstein reads “Dear Beethoven! 109, 110, and 111—earned him a publishing fee of 90 ducats, a goodly sum to be sure, but trifling considering the prestige those sonatas have acquired over the two centuries since Beethoven’s April 1820 contract with publisher Adolph Martin Schlesinger. (Musicologists did not establish that the piece was composed by Beethoven until late in the last century!). endobj teoria.com uses cookies. The first four notes are then used to commence a modulation to A flat major, the subject ending in that key (Bar 183). Donato Cabrera, music director After a much-needed pause, a sublime series of variations commences. Cue Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein, born to stupendous wealth in 1762 and dead in a shelter for the destitute in 1823. 32 0 obj 17 in D Minor, Op. Cue Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein, born to stupendous wealth in 1762 and dead in a shelter for the destitute in 1823. One hears stories of duchess-this or prince-that doing the after-dinner dishes in a stripped-bare palace kitchen, the roof leaking and creditors hammering at the door. Roman numerals in lowercase correspond to degrees with minor triads . Copyright 2020 California Symphony. Close, ©2009 José Rodríguez Alvira. Design by Mission Minded. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. But Beethoven’s notoriously sloppy manuscripts resulted in galley proofs riddled with errors, and his ill health at the time prevented him from making adequate corrections. <>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> 7 in D Major, Op. Thus Opus 109 in E Major. 30 0 obj 1. The first phrase of eight notes in C minor is repeated in F minor (Bars 177-179). V. Program Notes, January 31, 2019, 8 pm, Sweeney Concert Hall. The Waldstein is a symphony masquerading as a piano sonata. 33 0 obj Hear Adam Golka masterfully bring to life Beethoven’s Waldstein and Piano Sonata No. However, Beethoven came quite close to meeting the deadline with Op. endobj After a much-needed pause, a sublime series of variations commences. 109, 110, and 111—earned him a publishing fee of 90 ducats, a goodly sum to be sure, but trifling considering the prestige those sonatas have acquired over the two centuries since Beethoven’s April 1820 contract with publisher Adolph Martin Schlesinger. The variations progressively simplify, rather than elaborate, the opening melody, as we become increasingly aware of the underlying skeleton of the theme, over time discovering its essence, as it were. Read our privacy policy for more information. Beethoven will certainly have used this as a bargaining tool in his persistence to return to Vienna - it could well have been the reason he agreed to it in the first place. Finally, the Emperor, out of frustration and even anger, dismissed Waldstein from Imperial service and banished him from Vienna. <> On the day of his death a letter arrived informing him of the death of his elder brother - and that he was now to inherit the family fortune. The 32 (give or take a few) Beethoven piano sonatas are wonderful and challenging, and given a halfway decent performance, invariably effective in concert. Painted on a panoramic canvas and shot through with the supercharged energy characteristic of such glorious mid-period works as the Kreutzer violin sonata, the Waldstein is a concert work of uncommon effectiveness, even by Beethovenian standards. 2019-06-07T17:06:34-07:00 Beethoven dedicated his Sonata No. <>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> But in his affluent earlier days he gifted posterity via his patronage of the young Beethoven; it was Waldstein, in fact, who sponsored Beethoven’s relocation from provincial Bonn to big-apple Vienna in 1792. 21 Op. Underpinning that theme, and sounded before it begins, is a low C in the left hand, so that the theme’s top G is heard almost as an overtone of the bass note. The Waldstein Sonata falls under the middle period, the heroic period. And it was Waldstein to whom Beethoven dedicated the magisterial C Major Piano Sonata, Opus 53. The first movement, marked Allegro con brio, elicits a steam-engine affect in its surging … The subject of books upon articles upon treatises upon essays upon program notes, they have been sliced, diced, dissected, disassembled, and discussed. Hereditary aristocrats aren’t generally known for financial discipline, and the nabobs of Enlightenment Austria were no exception. 1am - 6am, Symphony No.101 in D major (2) endstream He is credited both with providing financial assistance, and encouraging Prince 9.0 rev 5 (www.princexml.com) Sonata No. 1 (1802) Sonata No. It's in this movement that Osborne really hits the heights. You go to realise a long-desired wish: the genius of Mozart is still in mourning and weeps for the death of its disciple. 109, which he declared as ready for publication in September of 1820. Completed in summer 1804 and surpassing Beethoven's previous piano sonatas in its scope, the Waldstein is a key early work of Beethoven's "Heroic" decade (1803–1812) and set a standard for piano composition in the grand manner. Proof of Waldstein's faith and prophetic belief in Beethoven was the message he wrote in the young man's autograph book, signed by his friends when he left for Vienna to study with Haydn in November 1792. The youngest son of one of Vienna's most aristocratic families, he was dispatched to Bonn, since he already knew the Elector, Maximilian Franz , and had a great interest in the arts. The introduction with which Beethoven prefaces the ‘Waldstein’ Sonata’s rondo ends with a sustained, accented note G—the pitch around which the rondo theme itself is to oscillate. endobj The Waldstein Sonata, also given the name Grande Sonate pour le Pianoforte, was dedicated to Count Ferdinand Gabriel von Waldstein.9 The sonatas There’s no ‘slow movement’ in the usual sense, but an Adagio molto “introduction” that provides a moment of respite before launching into the utterly magical rondo finale, featuring an innovative use of the ‘damper’ pedal that creates a shimmering acoustic nimbus around the main reprise, repeats of which are contrasted with propulsively athletic episodes, the whole capped off by a madcap coda.