A fascinating session this morning set off by the observation of a partial measure at the end of a minuet-like Beethoven movement.  The movement begins with a downbeat, the "trio" with an upbeat.  The extraordinary insight occurred when comparing the beginning of the next movement with the beginning of the trio.  
It, too, begins with an upbeat.  The implication must be that the two movements are related, despite have different meters and key signatures.  Such links are usually made invisible by page turns at those spots, and by how literally musicians are trained about essentially mechanical things like key signatures and tempo indications, things that brilliant composers like Beethoven would not have used as rules to be obeyed but as fences to be climbed over.
It is striking that it takes a non-musician to notice details to which even I am blind.
 


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