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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Let's Listen: Moonlight Sonata

     Last month, I featured legendary pianist, Glenn Gould.  Pictured here is Vladimir Horowitz, another epic master of the piano.  His version of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata captures that soul-touching, haunting quality that is characteristic of actual moonlight.
     A sonata is a three or four movement work that features one instrument. Some sonatas, such as those played by piano and guitar, are performed on only the one instrument.  A sonata featuring a wind instrument would traditionally be accompanied by piano.
    Horowitz playing  "Moonlight" is available on iTunes by itself, included in the entire 14th Sonata, or in a collection of 5 Beethoven piano sonatas.  You really want to add this one to your collection.  You'll listen to it over and over.

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14, 21 & 23 (Expanded Edition) - Vladimir Horowitz

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