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Piano Sonata in C "Passio", 4th movement


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hw sonata new fixed again wm 4.pdf

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Finally concluding the sonata with an alleluia sequence though abridged, then a lively joyous rondo form piece. the "passion" theme from the first movement reappears in section C. At the end of the piece, the music is brought to a stop by another chant (see context below) before resuming the living tempo triumphantly to conclude the sonata.

 

Though there is some skill issue with my playing lol...

Context

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"Regina Caeli", or "Queen of Heaven", whom Christ took flesh from, is a chant emphasizing the Lord's resurrection. It replaces the ordinary "Angelus" prayer during Easter season.

It forms the basis of the first theme of the movement.
https://www.gregorian-chant-hymns.com/hymns-2/regina-caeli-simple.html

 

 

 

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Hey @PCC,

I really find the alternation between religious chant and folkloric rondo interesting. The movement is quite difficult to play esp. b.11 to 14, good job on that! The texture in b.67 reminds me of the finale of Waldstein. The counterpoint in b.86 is quite crafty with the canon of both the inversion and rectus! I hope it stays longer haha.

Where does the rondo theme come from? Is that a quotation of the chant or just a new theme? If it’s a new theme I may hope it’s more related to the chant section!

Overall I like this piece. I think there are lots of quotations throughout the whole sonata and it just stirs me up a little since I have a goldfish’s memory LoL! Thx for sharing!

Henry

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10 hours ago, Henry Ng Tsz Kiu said:

Where does the rondo theme come from?

From the chant on p23 (Regina Caeli)

10 hours ago, Henry Ng Tsz Kiu said:

The counterpoint in b.86 is quite crafty with the canon of both the inversion and rectus! I hope it stays longer haha.

Like most Beethoven’s pieces, no lol

 

 

Ty for commenting on the whole sonata! I won’t say it’s particularly groundbreaking but it’s certain a more personal composition.

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