Hello all! I've been working on Beethoven's E major Sonata Op 109 off and on casually for a year or so now, and am planning to begin a more focused practice on it soon for eventual recording. I'm posting today for help developing sort of a "strategy" for my efforts, which for me would qualify as ambitious but I feel within my reach.
I'd be very interested and appreciative of any thoughts or suggestions from those familiar with this piece or have played it. Thanks in advance!
1st movement - Vivace, ma non troppo - Right now this movement is in the best shape, and it really has grown on me over time. I love the short bursts of drama throughout, yet overall it is quite introspective and even sad I think. Technically I haven't had too much difficulty, but am still working out the shaping.
2nd movement - Prestissimo - Needs the most work, since for some reason I've neglected it in favor of jumping over to the 3rd movement.
I think I need to rework some of the fingerings here to maintain clean articulation. Musically I must admit I find it hard to reconcile with the 1st and 3rd movements, but maybe I'm overthinking it.
3rd movement - Andante molto cantabile ed expressivo - This movement is really what I most love about this sonata. A very beautiful theme that returns at the end, with lots of interesting variations along the way. I do find the final variation with the sustained trills technically tricky, and plan to work hard on this. Would be interested in potential "pitfalls" or ideas about any particular variation or the overall phrasing/shaping of this movement.
Thanks again for reading!