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Music dictionary in the stories. The Letter A


"I know nothing better than Appassionata, ready to listen to her every day... Amazing, superhuman music. I always pride may be naive, I think that's what magic can do," so passes Meters Bitter words of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin about one of the sonatas L. Beethoven.

Piano Sonata No. 23 in f minor cit. 57 was written by the composer in 1806. Or rather recorded this year, as it was composed by Beethoven before, but within two years she was not recorded.

The name "Appassionata" (passionate) - was given this music is not its author, but was so successful that it has continued to the present day. Contemporaries felt that the Sonata has a specific program, tried to learn it. But on the question of the content of music Beethoven replied briefly: "Read "the Tempest" by Shakespeare". Indeed, in the "Appassionata" raging passion Shakespearean scale, however, the image of their other modern Beethoven. Hear the echoes of the music of the French revolution: and the tune of the "Marseillaise" at the end of the first part, and natural heroic dance finals.

In General, the term appassionato, derived from the Italian appassionare (excite passion), is used to denote the performance of musical works.

Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 23 Op.57 piano ("Appassionata")
Performed By Sviatoslav Richter

Part 1. Allegro assai
Part 2. Andante con moto
Part 3. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto

Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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