Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, “Moonlight” by Valentina Lisitsa
“We all fell victims of the clever marketing ploy by Beethoven’s publisher, didn’t we? Ever since this Sonata was published with a title, we keep imagining something very romantic: a moonlit landscape, perhaps a lake with gentle waves reflecting the moon, a boat , lovers…. Ugh. Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” can just follow the first movement, right? If we stop and think for a moment — where is the melody here and what is it? The answer is simple enough . It is a funeral march; don’t let those lulling triplets dissuade you. It is a funeral march. Just a short time before Beethoven wrote a letter addressed to his brothers, friends. In that letter he admitted that he had lost his hearing and the prognosis was dismal. He called the letter a “testament”, it can also be called a suicide note. He never sent out the letter but he poured his feeling out in his music.”
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