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BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 21 in C Major ("Waldstein")
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Author: Curtis Institute of Music
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C Major ("Waldstein") Ying Li, piano Performed on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, No. 21 (nicknamed “Waldstein” for its noble dedicatee) is widely held to be one of his finest. Composed in 1804, it belongs to Beethoven’s middle period, along with the majority of his best-known works. The barn-burner first movement—Allegro con brio, like the start of the Fifth Symphony—begins with one of Beethoven’s most bracing opening gestures. The spare, lyrical second movement, curiously labelled “Introduzione,” provides a breather to the listener, and serves as an extended upbeat to the third and final movement, whose length and stature mirrors the first. (Beethoven had originally composed a more substantial second movement, but replaced it in response to criticisms that the sonata was too long.) The finale is an energetic rondo characterized by stark contrasts of moo