My next musical assignment…
BEETHOVEN’S “MOONLIGHT SONATA” – 2nd and 3rd Movements
This morning, I received my next musical assignment from my spirit guides. It is Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” 2nd and 3rd movements.
Of course, I have been playing the most famous part of it – the 1st movement – ever since 2008. It was the first “new” piece of classical music that I learned upon my return to piano playing after a 30-year hiatus. And it kept bringing tears to my eyes every time I played it.
I even recorded it in 2011 with Tibetan Bowls complementing the piano (click on https://goo.gl/ii5HhT ), and in 2013 as a full symphony orchestra version, including the pipe organ (click on http://wp.me/p1jFeo-eP), and also as a Sunday Requiem in 2014, as a ‘choral symphony’ (click on http://wp.me/p1jFeo-ww).
Beethoven wrote his Moonlight Sonata in 1801 when the then 31-year old composer became first aware that he was losing his hearing. And the first movement of Beethoven’s Opus 27 No. 2 C# minor sonata was very popular even in Beethoven’s day, to the point of exasperating the composer himself, who remarked to Czerny, ‘They are always talking about the C# minor Sonata surely I’ve written better things.’
Over two hundred years later, it still remains the most popular and downloaded piece of ‘classical’ music.
But the 2nd and 3rd movements? Frankly, I did not even know they existed until I heard the 3rd movement recently on the Arizona classical music radio station.
So here are now the first two movements of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata:
My next musical assignment… Part 2
WHAT IS THIS GUIDANCE ABOUT?
So I wonder what this guidance about? Are my spirit guides challenging me to get past the arthritic right hand (due to a broken bone in 1981) as they did with Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante which I recently recorded? This Chopin piece is quite challenging and was painful to play at first, but is getting less so now after about a month of practice?
So maybe that’s it… a therapy for my right hand and for the soul? Because the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata sounds downright intimidating when one hears it played by a professional pianist, like Valentina Lisitsa in this version. It is full or Beethoven’s fury and rage over his loss of hearing. But also his determination not to let that handicap stand in the way of greatness and future creativity.
So maybe this spirit guidance is also about pushing the envelope… as Beethoven has had to do. In my case, overcoming a broken hand, in his, the loss of hearing. Never accepting defeat. Manifesting indefatigable spirit.
That must be it. Because I remember how Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante was also quite intimidating at first. Now, not so much anymore.
With that as a preamble, here’s now that intimidating 3rd movement… Notice the look of exhaustion, both emotional and physical on the face of the pianist at the end. Spent. That’s how one feels at the end of a piece like this.
I do not know how long it will take. I would be happy if I master this piece by the year end 2017. With my spirit guides’ help.