Sunday, February 13, 2005

this is good shit, pardon my language

this movement from mendelssons piano sonata in g minor fascinates me partly because i'm awful at piano and the performer's fingers move so fast! this piece maintains a consistent tempo throughout--it immediately starts of rapidly. it also starts in minor, but modulates several times during the piece. it's kind of like listening to a composer who had a split personality. it is rather aggressive too, at points, and sometimes makes me feel a little bit nervous, like i'm anticipating something really exciting. i noticed this especially when a descending parallel chords are played rather harshly. other times, the mood changes slightly when the dynamics soften--it becomes slightly mysterious (the minor mode helps out) and delicate (with lots of trills and frills). the beginning motive comes back at the end of the piece more powerful than ever. i really really enjoyed listening to this movement, not gonna lie.

1 comment:

Scott Spiegelberg said...

The shift key is your friend. Don't be afraid of it.