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 Post subject: Does anybody know the title of this piece?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:00 pm 
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You can hear the piece in question on the last video in this page:
http://web.mac.com/chathammedia/edwardgorey/Videos.html
The video is provied with following info: "Pianist Justin McCarthy recorded the first piano track (Beethoven) for our upcoming documentary soundtrack, featuring music used by Edward Gorey in his theatrical productions. Recorded at 7A West Studios Charlestown, MA."
Sorry for this kind of question. But my sister who is very interested in Edward Gorey (she is herself a visual artist, too) asked me and I cannot identify the piece. Also, I'm a bit surprised that this piece is by Beethoven, To me it doesn't sound like Beethoven at all...
By the way I have a card box with illustrations by Gorey (http://www.amazon.com/Edward-Gorey-Opera-Box-Notecard/dp/1584180420). Even though I like the pics very much, I hardly have had an occasion to send one of those cards. All of them are too dark...

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 Post subject: Re: Does anybody know the title of this piece?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:28 am 
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I know what you mean about it not sounding like Beethoven - he doesn't often use so much N6-V7-i. But the resolution of the third phrase (the B phrase) does rather seem like something Beethoven would do. Anyway, it sounds like a waltz, but I had no luck searching Beethoven waltzes.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anybody know the title of this piece?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:08 am 
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It's Beethoven's Bagatelle Op.119/9. Maybe it doesn't sound Beethoven to you because the pianist flattens all the very Beethovenian dynamic features. Here's a wittier interpretation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI_GZJeWd9M

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 Post subject: Re: Does anybody know the title of this piece?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:18 pm 
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Thank you Teresa and Alfonso for your comments and the link! I played all the Bagatelles from Op.33 and Op.126, but never thought it could be a Bagatelle!! Yes, it didn't sound like Beethoven to me in both ways - the compositional as well as the interpretational aspect :)

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 Post subject: Re: Does anybody know the title of this piece?
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Terez wrote:
I know what you mean about it not sounding like Beethoven - he doesn't often use so much N6-V7-i.


I don't have analyzed so much music by Beethoven to make risky statements like that (I'd bet on the opposite, instead), but the -II6 chord, in various context, sure was used throughout the so-called common practice period. Beethoven was no exception.

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