Opus 33 (2017) – Graphic Readings of Beethoven

 

Program Notes

This work is a theme and variations based on the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique. The score for Graphic Readings of Beethoven uses, predictably, graphic notation, and the recording on this disc is an improvisation based on the graphic score. The first variation fragments the melody across multiple registers. The second variation is a slow, lamentation of the first few notes of the theme. The third variation uses an atonal version of the theme which builds into a fiery tempest.