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[Beethoven – Piano sonata No.14 Op.27 “Moonlight : Pf. Lang Lang”]
Because of prejudicing “Beethoven is too difficult” , I put aside his work but suddenly come to open my ear to those so that I feel this work more strongly.One day, after running across the animation”Nodame Cantabile”, strolling through the classic world that I come to know so lately then suddenly encountered the Beethoven’s piano sonata.
About this heart-touching work, here I cited a part of wikipedia article.
The first edition of the score is headed Sonata quasi una fantasia, a title this work shares with its companion piece,Op. 27, No. 1. Grove Music Online translates the Italian title as “sonata in the manner of a fantasy“. Translated more literally, this is “sonata almost a fantasy”.
The name “Moonlight Sonata” comes from remarks made by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. In 1832, five years after Beethoven’s death, Rellstab likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Within ten years, the name “Moonlight Sonata” (“Mondscheinsonate” in German) was being used in German and English publications. Later in the nineteenth century, the sonata was universally known by that name.
Many critics have objected to the subjective, romantic nature of the title “Moonlight”, which has at times been called “a misleading approach to a movement with almost the character of a funeral march” and “absurd”. Other critics have approved of the sobriquet, finding it evocative or in line with their own interpretation of the work. Gramophone founder Compton Mackenzie found the title “harmless”, remarking that “it is silly for austere critics to work themselves up into a state of almost hysterical rage with poor Rellstab”, and adding, “what these austere critics fail to grasp is that unless the general public had responded to the suggestion of moonlight in this music Rellstab’s remark would long ago have been forgotten.”
Whatever the story is, whoever named the title, this title “Moonlight” is a well-expressed word for the mood of this song, personally.
In this post, the play of “Lang Lang” is prepared, enjoy with your open mind as your eyes closed.
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