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Carey - Beethoven Sonata No. 24 in F sharp Major 78: Message Board

Carey's Comments

Opus 78 was originally to have been submitted by Piano World member, Phlebas, who passed away unexpectedly in September. In his memory, I volunteered to learn and submit the work. This sonata has been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager in the early 1960s, but I never had the opportunity to learn it until now. I consider it to be a work in progress. The tempo of the 1st movement could be a tad faster, and the dynamic contrasts a bit more pronounced. However, given the heavy action and huge sound of my Mason and Hamlin BB, this is the best I could do for now!! I found the twists and turns of the second movement to be particularly challenging.

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Carey 2010-12-19 14:02:25 Thanks Chris !! I'll probably continue to work on this. I'm intrigued by the possibility of playing it faster - while still maintaining the lyrical quality. And yes - the piece is deceptively difficult - but blessedly short !!
ChrisKeys 2010-12-18 23:38:39 Carey, While I agree that this 1st movement could be a bit faster, the current tempo, along with the lyricism Andy mentioned, communicates a kind of introspection which is intriguing. I've not heard this aspect before.
I'm very impressed that you could pull this entire sonata together on short notice. It's deceptively difficult to play, and you've done a tremendous job with it. I sure hope you continue to post recordings of your current work.
Cinnamonbear 2010-12-17 02:52:30 Wow, Carey! You got da chops! Your first movement is so lyrical! And your second movement is so brilliant! I don't know Beethoven like so many scholars on PW do, but you sure can hear Beethoven innovating in the first movement, especially. This is wonderful! Now, aren't you glad you worked it up? Ah, the tincture of time!