Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2, II. Tempo di Menuetto
In celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020, here's another Beethoven recording. This is a very whimsical interpretation of this famous 'easy' Beethoven sonata. I find most other interpretations too calm and repetitive. Beethoven just repeats the main theme over and over again in this movement, almost begging for us to make some variations out of them.
This is one of the pieces I practiced on a recent cruise ship trip. We were stuck at sea for many extra days, sailing into the unknown and waiting for the Kraken to get us. In such a powerless situation, I guess one's best strategy is to accept one's fate with stoicism. Or, as Nietsche put it rather elegantly: “Amor Fati! (Love Fate)”. So I sat myself in front of the swaying ship’s piano and tickled away at the ivories, feeling somewhat like the musicians on the Titanic. Perhaps this unusual and temperamental interpretation was inspired by the swaying of the ship and the uncertainties of our future. But it turns out the Universe wished for us to live on, and thus here I am back in Australia.
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Piano: Estonia L210 (2018)
Sound recording: Zoom H5
Reverb: Adobe Audition: Medium Concert Hall (Warm)