New goal on the blog: sharing music every day as a break and boost during these unsettling times. Hope this will brighten your day and help you stay well. 🙂 If you’d like to check out earlier posts, you’ll find the first of this series here.
Today’s post, like yesterday’s, borrows one of my older videos. (Time to make some new ones soon. 😉 ) Also like yesterday’s post, it features the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, icon of the Classical era. This is another full sonata by Mozart, three movements, about 12 minutes long.
In yesterday’s piece, we saw Mozart exploring shifting moods, from brisk and assertive to darker and sadder, and then a return to joy at the end. Today’s piece is a little different. The first movement, in B flat Major, is warm and energetic, but not as florid or percussive as the F Major sonata’s opening movement. The second movement of this sonata stays in a major key, rather than switching to the darker minor sound. The pace slows down, creating a feeling of great peace and thoughtfulness. The final movement speeds up again, light and dancing, the most intricate and challenging of the three.
As you listen, experience the different kinds of energy in this piece. Which movement speaks to you most strongly? As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts and responses to the music in the comments.
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