Between Beats


Finishing corrections on the Tonal Refraction rendering of Beethoven's Spring Sonata  I realize how much listeners miss when performers fail to call attention to the rests.  The rests in that piece are among the most amusing and the most clarifying in all of music, some of them so minuscule that you would think they couldn't matter, until they do.

All too often the electric silence between sounds gets mooshed over in the recording process where ambient noise is artificially introduced so that there should never be an instant of pure silence.  

Sometimes Beethoven puts the strong beat on just such a silence.



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