Here I sit at Panera Bread. It’s about quarter past six in the morning. The sun is painting the skies. But it’s another cloudy day. So the beautiful colors will fade to gray soon.
But it’s sunny somewhere, even if we can’t see it from where we sit. So how can we be sad?
Plus, is it really possible to feel out of sorts or depressed when there’s Beethoven’s violin’s sonatas for the listening?
And not just any violin sonatas. These are expertly performed by two of the world’s finest musicians:
Kristof Barati violin
Klara Wurtz piano
These two gifted musicians perform three compositions on this CD:
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1 (composed 1801-1802; Beethoven was 31-32)
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor Op. 30 No. 2 (composed 1801-1802; Beethoven was 31-32)
Movement II (“Adagio cantabile”) features one of my favorite sounds: pizzicato. It’s near the end of the movement. As soon as I heard it, I smiled. For some reason, I love pizzicato in a piece of music. It’s such a fun sound.
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Op. 30 No. 3 (composed 1801-1802; Beethoven was 31-32)
According to its entry on Wikipedia,
This sonata is characteristic of early/middle Beethoven in its solid sonata structure, just beginning to get adventurous in syncopation, with some extraordinary off beat sforzandi.