Beethoven - Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31, No.2 "Tempest", 1st mvt
This 53-minute video lesson explores an in-depth look at the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata No.17 in D Minor, Op.31 No.2, often referred to as the "Tempest" (Anton Schindler's biography on Beethoven states that when he asked the composer about this sonata, Beethoven told him to read Shakespeare's The Tempest). Areas of focus include techniques for creating beautiful tone quality, creating a variety of characters and how to contrast these characters effectively, how to reduce tension, increasing speed, pedaling suggestions, fingering suggestions, how to play fast slurs effectively and loosely, how to develop an effective tremolo, voicing ideas, shaping ideas, interpretation, and more tips to help you become as efficient as possible in your practice sessions.
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