Joy of practice: I always think the 3rd movement of Beethoven's Tempest Sonata is very 'minimalistic' - every motif/phase repeats many times, as if Beethoven is trying to make sure you remember every phrase. I looked up info about the Tempest this morning, it was written in 1801-02. In 1802, Beethoven almost suicide and he was pretty deaf by then.
Exciting realization comes: He repeats every motif because he couldn't hear it. Sudden dynamic changes here represent his unstable hearing. Stormy transitions and madness of key changes display his anger and frustration.
Ahhh, now it makes more sense. What else can be more fascinating than starting a day with such charming epiphany in practice?
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