LENA WOOD (Violin) and JOYCE ROLLITT
THIS Sonata, the last of the three that make up Beethoven's Op. 30, contains a large proportion of eaptivatingly merry music.
The very first notes of the FIRST MOVEMENT are infectiously gay, and the alternations of the bustling, running, twelve-notes-to-a-bar motif, and the dancing six-notcs-to-a-bar motif, are piquantly kept up.
A rather long, demurely attractive Minuet, in Haydnish style, follows as SECOND MOVEMENT.
The FINALEdances along, fleet-footed, innocently joyous, full of the delight of graceful motion.
THE 'Revolutionary' Study, though not so called by the composer, is one of the few pieces amongst his works which we know to have been the outcome of a definite experience. The taking of Warsaw by the Russians in 1831. that seemed to mean the end of Polish national aspirations, aroused him to vehement expression, and into this stormy music we may read all his rebellious pride and grief for his country.
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