Beethoven – Pathetique Sonata
When I think of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, I think of a unique stormy masterpiece that utilizes all aspects of the piano perfectly. Its creative use of dynamics and articulation makes it an exciting piece to play and to hear, but not overwhelming to the audience.
Learning the first movement was strenuous, but eventually rewarding. One of the biggest challenges I had was to keep from rushing ahead to try and play it at performance speed before I had fully learned it. The piece was so exciting that I had a really hard time practicing slowly. This led to sloppy outcomes! In fact, I had to relearn many parts because of my bad habits.
If any of you pianists want to play this piece, I hope you will learn from the mistakes I made so you don’t have to keep starting all over again.
Another personal challenge I faced was learning to practice the left-hand tremelos after I had injured my wrist in soccer. Maybe in the future I can learn more about how to practice while injured.
Listening to other interpretations helped me shape what I wanted to play. Hope you enjoy listening to my interpretation and good luck to any of you trying to learn this extravagant movement!