The Violin Music of Beethoven

The Violin Music of Beethoven

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...which mainly moves up and down the scale by conjunct degrees, is made to raise us above all external matters into a sphere of ineffable content. How original the first entry of the string a bar before the melody itself (as given first to the piano) begins! Though not so labelled, the variation form is that which is here employed. Rhythmically, the theme is expanded in such an elaborate manner, and with such contrary accents and syncopations, that it is by no means easy to play until all three players are thoroughly familiar with the music, and thoroughly in accord with each other in temperament. Over all is spread such nobility of thought, that the superficially musical will make nothing of a movement so profoundly spiritual as this. In the last variation, or, as we may consider it, the coda to the whole, our interest is aroused in the highest degree by the unexpected modulations and fresh treatment of the melodic phrases. Mendelssohn--whose bright, sunny nature never, perhaps, once sounded so great a depth of profound feeling as this--has, nevertheless, left on record the enthusiastic appreciation of a great musician for certain points in this portion of the work, to which, on one occasion, after playing, he eagerly called attention. Ending with a diminuendo on the key of D, we are aroused from our dream by the dominant chord of E flat, and we awaken with a start to find that the music has changed to a lively dance (the Allegro in two-four time, beginning without pause). The tonalities of E flat and B flat are here most skilfully treated, so that the theme, though beginning in E flat, settles down in a natural and convincing manner into the proper key of the trio. In the second subject here is a veritable pitfall for the readers a prima vista....show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123654210X
  • 9781236542106