Beethoven’s Appassionata: a tough nut for me April 12, 2006Posted by dorigo in music, personal.
Lately I have started a fight with my own fingers in order to manage to play (I do not mean play well: just play!) the third movement of Beethoven's Appassionata, a Sonata for piano which is absolutely a masterpiece but which presents some non trivial challenges to the occasional piano player.
Typically I come home at 7PM, have dinner with my family, and then will spend 15 to 20 minutes on some part of the third movement. It is tough… Of course, to achieve a good mastering of such a difficult piece I would need at least two hours of study per day – for several weeks. And I doubt I could get anywhere near to being happy of my reproduction of the music, in any case.
But I try… And I have fun in the meantime. My family maybe less so, although I often revert to using the earphones – that benefit of an electronic piano cannot be overstated.
Today, I just threw my hands up after trying to get to a decent level of play of a particular segment of the third movement: it is a "stretto", like a canone where the two hands play the same theme with very little offset. Here is the music sheet of the part I am talking about:
It may seem easy, but it is presently giving me a hard time. Of course, once one learns the key-to-finger map in one's brain, one can move on and the thing will play itself… Not yet.