Posts tagged ‘Beethoven’

June 14, 2010

Beethoven Septet – Tricky bit

I love this piece of music – so many memories tied up with it.  However, there’s just one bit that gives me a slight “urk” feeling when I see it hove into view – that’s this bit in the middle of the third variation.

Yes, it’s nice and slow, but it’s still a little bit fiddly.  And it’s such a good theme – Harmonious Blacksmith.  Still, it’s something else for me to think about for next weekend…

I wonder if the non-aggression pact between the horn and violin is going to hold?  For those who don’t know the piece, the Trio (of the Minuet) has a tricky horn bit, and the violinist has the potential to have set a cracking pace…  but if the violinist does do this, then the horn-player gets the option for revenge by setting his own blistering pace with a pseudo-hunting call at the start of the Scherzo.

It’s too complicated to describe.  Just go and get a copy, or find it on Spotify…

August 20, 2009

Beethoven & Berwald Septets

Last night was a the regular Beethoven Septet session, fixed by the boss with his favourite players. Coupled with a very relaxed and calm Beethoven septet, we also did the Berwald. This is one that I have seen before, once or twice, and definitely need to look at properly for there are some trickier passages here & there.

Hmm. I seem to be building up quite a shopping list!