Connecting  Poetry and Beethoven's Music

Introducing an unusual approach to enjoy

the enduring music of
Beethoven's piano sonatas.

Hear them on their own, and now with a poem.

Beethoven and the Piano

Welcome Music and Poetry Aficionados!

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to veteran listeners of classical music, to those who appreciate
poetry, and to those who have not been greatly exposed, or have
allowed themselves to plunge deeply into both forms of art."

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Dame Julie Andrews, Actress (The Sound of Music, 1966) wrote "... A Poetic Homage to Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas will receive a place of honour in my personal library."

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So What is a Sonata?

    Sonata literally means a piece played, Instead of    Cantata a piece to be sung ( implying accompaniment).  

Here are two profecient performers of Beethoven's' music.  

Glenn Gould and

Wilhelm Kempff,

The poem below is an excerpt from the book

-Dedicated to-

Sonata no.5 in G minor, Opus. 10 no.1

It took more sheets to pen it out

Than the world did listen (or does now)
To a brethren soul, 
Rapturous and demanding 
Of a world
Where bombs whistle
Louder than music

Bombs or music, 
It was not Beethoven's choice,
To compose or join the military

However; he was a five star general - of - sounds:
Trigger-happy with notes, 
Carrying an arsenal of ideas pounding in him;
And ready to blast notions of "shouldness", 
So that we may gain musical ground

The commander that he was, 
Shows how he cared for each soldier-note;
Planned and plotted
For the listener
To make it through "battle" fields of sound

How he was able to be in a (private's) note's shoes;
Drill with heartbeats, 
And tactfully explode
The melody--then 
Take us off the "field"

"Machine-gun Beethoven" he could be called:
A master of sudden rapid - fire - notes,
Able to crush internal chattering, in less than a measure

He was also a master scherzo swords-man,
Capable of ambushing a heart, at will;
But also a tender, but pouncing cat at the keys,
Making listener's purr

He, like Alexander the Great, was out to spread a 
Music, like life, is not all pretty and
Music IS Equal to the sounds of politicians' pens

As a master-sergeant of interpreting human plights,
He sought to instill in us, sustain in us, 
A need to let go and HEAR
As ammunition
To connect us and
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