Ear-Thinking

07/08/2015

 
After many years having his auditory logic reinforced by my attentive listening, a young man gave me a lesson on Beethoven that far surpasses anything I could have imagined about the work in question, the Sonata in E, Op. 14, No.1.
The lesson consisted of a wrong note.  Instead of a C# at bar 2 he played a C-natural.
Based on pure ear logic, which is to say, logic not compromised by any theoretical concepts, the C-natural is more logical than the C#.  The proof?
For one thing, it is exactly what Beethoven himself does at the second ending.  Secondly, it exposes the malaise of this sonata's opening, which is always awkward.  Not that I would have said as much; I simply avoid the piece as I suspect many pianists do.
It is not the first time I have fallen off my chair at the insights into Beethoven furnished by this young man's ear-pure listening.
With whom did I study Beethoven?  With my student.
 


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