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ChrisKeys - Beethoven Sonata No. 22 in F Major, 2nd mov. 54: Message Board

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Cinnamonbear 2010-12-20 22:24:48 Satisfying, indeed! : )
ChrisKeys 2010-12-19 17:01:57 Andy, I'm glad you had a good laugh at this one. We both see subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) humor in Beethoven's works. In the opening of this movement, I love the impish interplay between the two hands in the opening bars. You might have noted that the two hands are playing nearly the same thing, but the "Sf's" near the end of each hand's phrase are utterly different because they don't occur at the same place in the phrase. It's as if the bass leads off with a dare: I'm leading off! Catch me if you can, HA ha! And the treble chases after, catches up, and crows, "Yes I DID!".

And I'm humbled by your other comments. I've always felt that when God gives talent, the recipient is responsible to "give it away" in service to others. This is part of my efforts. While it does consume spare time after hours, it's also my escape hatch. I can be very, very intimate, as with a Mozart slow movement, or paint a grand canvas like a Brahms Rhapsody, or fling myself into a dizzying flurry of Beethoven's development sections in his sonatas. So satisfying, eh?
Cinnamonbear 2010-12-19 11:08:24 Man! You sure didn't shy away from the challenge!!! I lauged out loud with joy at the tremendous ending! Outstanding!

O.K., Chris, after listening to all of your postings for the e-cital, I have to write a comment that has nothing to do with the playing. It has to do with CHARACTER. You know I've followed your recordings since the WTC C maj prelude. Frankly, I am blown away by the commitment that you've shown to the e-cital. These two pieces that you posted represent a considerable amount of work to pull off legitimately, and you surpassed "legitimate" by long shot! The art, the understanding, the technique, and the grit you brought to this project WHILE WORKING A FULL TIME JOB is phenomenal. Kudos in the biggest way!
ChrisKeys 2010-12-16 21:25:29 Thanks, Carey! Coming from a top-notch pianist like you, that means a lot.
Carey 2010-12-16 11:55:37 That was absolutely terrific !!!!! Wow !!