Sunday, January 26, 2014

Presto agitato

The image above is the title page of the original edition of the 1802 score for the "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven. His Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia," Op. 27, No. 2, as it is formally known, is one of his most popular compositions for piano. The third and final movement of the piece is meant to be played "very quickly and with excitement," but the tempo is often slowed in concert so that orchestras can keep up. The challenge of playing it at the originally intended speed was taken up by Ukrainian-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa. She is known for independently launching her career via social media, without initially signing to a tour promoter or record company. So far, the video of her amazing performance in Germany in 2008 has garnered 6,367,098 hits on YouTube. Add yours HERE.

Thanks Chase!

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