Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 3

🎼🎶 Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Beethoven’s first notable work in C major is the piano sonata Opus 2 number 3. With the Opus 2 piano sonatas, like the preceding Opus 1 trios, Beethoven announced to the world that he was not simply a virtuoso keyboard artist, but was a composer of the highest rank.
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Bach WTC book 1 C major

🎼🎶 Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The key of C major is a case of “less is more”: the key signature has no sharps or flats (a characteristic it shares with its relative minor, A minor), and scales are played only on the white keys of a keyboard. The C major scale is divided evenly by F-sharp, the register shift in both the soprano and tenor voices; which may be the reason that Mozart and Haydn composed most of their masses in that key.
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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor

🎼🎶 Monday, September 20, 2021
At the age of 57, Johannes Brahms announced that he was retiring from composition, believing that his creative output had been exhausted. Then he met the clarinetist Richard Muehlfeld, and this led to a collaboration out of which emerged some of his greatest work:
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Bach Mass in B minor

🎼🎶 September 19, 2021
Throughout his life, Johann Sebastian Bach assembled sets and cycles of music: the two books of the Well-Tempered  Clavier, the liturgical calendar of organ chorales, the Goldberg Variations, the Musical Offering, and the Art of the Fugue. The Art of the Fugue was left unfinished, as Bach’s last years were devoted to compiling “the last word” in sacred choral music, his great B Minor Mass.
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Schubert Unfinished Symphony

🎼🎶 Saturday, September 18, 2021
Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, the “Unfinished”, was composed in 1822, almost a decade after the appearance of Beethoven’s 7th and 8th symphonies. Schubert’s work, however, was not brought to light until 1865!
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Bach WTC book 2 Prelude & Fugue in B minor

🎼🎶 Your Daily Beethoven (and friends)
We’ve reached the key of B minor, twenty-fourth in the system of major and minor keys. Ironically, although some of the greatest masterpieces of classical music were composed in this key, Beethoven seems to have avoided it entirely.
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Schubert Serenade

🎼🎶 Wednesday, September 15, 2021
For your enjoyment, here is Alma Deutscher playing Schubert's famous "Ständchen” (serenade) in an arrangement for piano and violin which I stumbled across on YouTube. We'll return to our order of keys from the WTC tomorrow.
Schubert's Serenade

Schubert Impromptu in B flat, Opus 142-3

🎼🎶 Monday, September 6, 2021

In 1827 Franz Schubert composed eight works for solo piano, the first four of which were published as Opus 90 and given the name “Impromptus” by the publisher. The next four were published posthumously as Opus 142.

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Beethoven Sonata No. 11, Opus 22 in B flat Major

🎼🎶 September 5, 2021
Beethoven’s eleventh piano sonata, the Opus 22 “Grande Sonata” in B-flat major, was his personal favorite among his early sonatas.
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Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat Major

🎼🎶 Saturday, September 4, 2021
The “Brandenburg Concertos” are a set of six instrumental works presented in 1721 by J.S. Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, along with a letter requesting employment. No response was received, and the leather-bound manuscript hand-written by Bach was sold for a pittance after the Margrave’s death in 1734.
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