not quite “moonlight”

quick, think of a classical composer!
got one?
okay, good.

chances are they aren’t truly “classical”, as in they didn’t write in the classical period (unless you thought of haydn, mozart, beethoven, or schubert, then they are truly classical composers, even though the latter two were sort of in a transition stage).

quick lesson to kick off my wednesday segment of on-key, all that class. featuring classical music.

classical [klas-i-kuh l]
adjective
in music:

  1. of, relating to, or constituting the formally and artistically more sophisticated and enduring types of music, as distinguished from popular and folk music and jazz. classical music includes symphonies, operas, sonatas, song cycles, and lieder.
  2. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the well-ordered, chiefly homophonic musical style of the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries.

number 1: there are different sub-genres, in a way, or more accurately speaking, time divisions/periods of the umbrella genre classical music. they are the following:

  • early music – includes medieval (476-1450) and renaissance (1450-1600) eras
  • common practice period – includes baroque (1600-1750), classical (1750-1825) and romantic (19th c.) eras
  • 20th century – includes modern (late 19th c.), high modern (mid 20th c.), and contemporary/postmodern eras (late 20th c., overlaps into 21st c.)

i’ll give you a minute to take that all in.
why am i telling you this?
to put into context this post, and other future classical posts, when i refer to different so-called sub-genres within the larger genre of classical music.

now, let’s start this with a small pianist “joke” of sorts now, shall we (image from don’t shoot the pianist)?

Moonlight - DSTP

understood that at all? you will by the end of this.

going back to the very first question i asked you, if your answer was beethoven, congratulations i will be showing one of his works today. or to be more specific, one movement of one of his works today.

title: piano sonata no. 14 in c-sharp minor “quasi una fantasia”, op. 27, no. 2 (“moonlight sonata“)
movement: presto agitato (third)
composer: ludwig van beethoven
year: 1801

now, to put the above image into context.
when people think of the moonlight sonata, it’s usually the steady and calming first movement, adagio sostenuto, of the sonata. this calming effect somewhat carries on into the second movement, allegretto (already slightly quicker in tempo), but when it comes to the third… hoboy. like a thunderstorm – like beethoven letting out all his anger and rage. the third movement is what the pianist is playing at the bottom of the image.

take a listen for yourself:

wow, right? totally different from the first movement y’all are familiar with.

yessir. and i am going to learn this piece… probably over the summer break. my progress so far? sight read the first two movements, attempted to do the same for the third and gave up. gotta go slow for this one.

so, yeah, just wanted to share with you a bit, and blow your minds, of the other side of the world-renowned “moonlight sonata“.

that’s all for now.
(intimidated yet? ☺ )

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