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Moonlight Sonatas - Mondscheinsonaten - for Beethoven

Name a tune you want to listen to again and again, because it goes straight to the heart. Millions on the internet click “Moonlight Sonata” in response to this call. At the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and - with boundless sensitivity - 69 artists from 26 countries got together and interpreted the “Moonlight Sonata” in visual terms. Was it not the image of a landscape, after all, that led to the work’s famous epithet? In a way, listening to the sonata resembles looking at a landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich or William Turner, and losing oneself in the rapt observation of the distant satellite. The editor of this art-inspired almanac has divided the artists’ visual ideas into different chapters, and accentuated them with selected haiku poetry, exquisite quotes, art-inspired slogans and illustrations. The result is a multifaceted homage. The printed book is available in the book trade and in internet bookshops. Softcover: ISBN 978-3-98527-148-1, Publisher: Re Di Roma-Verlag, Language: English, German, Size: 21 x 21 cm Or at Peecho (soft- and hardcover) by the following link: https://www.peecho.com/checkout/161866719083658635/1008226/moonlight-sonatas-for-beethoven-mondscheinsonaten Ein Musikstück, das man immer wieder hören will, weil es unmittelbar ins Herz trifft? Millionen von Klicks im Internet beantworten diese Frage mit „Mondscheinsonate“. Anlässlich des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven fanden sich 69 Künstler aus 26 Ländern zusammen, um die „Mondscheinsonate“ in bildhafter Weise und mit grenzenloser Einfühlungsgabe zu interpretieren. War es nicht auch das Bild einer Landschaft, welches ihr den berühmten Beinamen gab? Man kann die Sonate hören und wie in einer Landschaftsszenerie von Caspar David Friedrich oder William Turner in der andächtigen Betrachtung des fernen Trabanten versinken. Der Herausgeber dieses kunstbeseelten Almanachs hat die bildlichen Gedanken der Künstler in verschiedene Kapitel aufgeteilt und durch ausgewählte Haiku-Lyrik, erlesene Zitate, sowie kunstästhetische Slogans und Illustrationen untermalt. Dadurch wurde eine vielseitige Hommage geschaffen.

Name a tune you want to listen to again and again, because it goes straight to the heart. Millions on the internet click “Moonlight Sonata” in response to this call. At the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and - with boundless sensitivity - 69 artists from 26 countries got together and interpreted the “Moonlight Sonata” in visual terms. Was it not the image of a landscape, after all, that led to the work’s famous epithet? In a way, listening to the sonata resembles looking at a landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich or William Turner, and losing oneself in the rapt observation of the distant satellite. The editor of this art-inspired almanac has divided the artists’ visual ideas into different chapters, and accentuated them with selected haiku poetry, exquisite quotes, art-inspired slogans and illustrations. The result is a multifaceted homage.

The printed book is available in the book trade and in internet bookshops. Softcover: ISBN 978-3-98527-148-1, Publisher: Re Di Roma-Verlag, Language: English, German, Size: 21 x 21 cm

Or at Peecho (soft- and hardcover) by the following link:
https://www.peecho.com/checkout/161866719083658635/1008226/moonlight-sonatas-for-beethoven-mondscheinsonaten

Ein Musikstück, das man immer wieder hören will, weil es unmittelbar ins Herz trifft? Millionen von Klicks im Internet beantworten diese Frage mit „Mondscheinsonate“. Anlässlich des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven fanden sich 69 Künstler aus 26 Ländern zusammen, um die „Mondscheinsonate“ in bildhafter Weise und mit grenzenloser Einfühlungsgabe zu interpretieren. War es nicht auch das Bild einer Landschaft, welches ihr den berühmten Beinamen gab? Man kann die Sonate hören und wie in einer Landschaftsszenerie von Caspar David Friedrich oder William Turner in der andächtigen Betrachtung des fernen Trabanten versinken. Der Herausgeber dieses kunstbeseelten Almanachs hat die bildlichen Gedanken der Künstler in verschiedene Kapitel aufgeteilt und durch ausgewählte Haiku-Lyrik, erlesene Zitate, sowie kunstästhetische Slogans und Illustrationen untermalt. Dadurch wurde eine vielseitige Hommage geschaffen.

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In spite of its overall musical perfection, it is

usually the first movement of the world famous

Moonlight Sonata” that magically attracts people.

Beethoven called his three-part work a “Sonata

quasi una Fantasia”, and famously remarked about

his Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27,

No. 2: “Surely, I’ve written better things.” Taking liberties

on the classical sonata form, and displaying

new emotional depths, the work is seen as a significant

precursor of Romantic music. The dreamy

Adagio in the first movement has been engraved

in many people’s memory. The familiar sound of

the tune is wont to suddenly appear from the depth

of our mind, while we may be looking at the moon

and, possibly inspired by Caspar David Friedrich’s

paintings, lose ourselves in the magic of the scenery.

When the poet Ludwig Rellstab listened to it, he

felt reminded of a nocturnal boat trip, making him

coin the name “Moonlight Sonata” in 1823. Franz

Liszt likened its short second movement to “a flower

between two abysses”. In the third movement,

finally, the music storms towards a merciless, desperate

finale.

Beethoven wrote the „Moonlight Sonata“ in

1801, probably in the gardener’s cottage at Unterkrupka

Castle in what is now Slowakia. This is the

reason the work originally became known as the

“Summer House Sonata”. While staying at the cottage,

the nature-loving composer’s heart may well

have felt captivated by the aesthetic dimension of

the nocturnal visual stimuli surrounding him. Like

a landscape or a moonlight sketch, the tonal sensitivity

of the “Moonlight Sonata” allows a mood

of nature to speak for itself. Similarly, the truth of

a painting lies not so much in the superficial depiction

of a phenomenon, as in the abstracting force

of its spiritual message. The surrealist painter Max

Ernst, for example, a great admirer of Caspar David

Friedrich, gifted a painting of the moon to his wife

Dorothea Tanning for her birthday every year, as a

declaration of his love for her.

The history of the Sonata resembles a jigsaw

puzzle. On the one hand, it seems to convey the

effective course of light in a dramatically beautiful

cloudy sky, and a close observation of atmospheric

components, on the other, it is remindful of a dark

monochromaticity. At the same time, the vibrato of

its energetic musical notation captures the ephemeral

nature of a rapidly changing mood. Between

1800 and 1806, Beethoven did not only spend time

in Unterkrupka, but also frequently stayed at the

Brunsvik family’s Hungarian castle Martonvásár.

Both castles are surrounded by spacious parks

landscaped in the style of English gardens. Here,

Beethoven was able to leave behind his busy life in

Vienna, and relax. Presumably, this was the time he

met the love of his life, but it was also the time he

first realized that he was losing his hearing. In 1802,

he wrote the famous „Heiligenstadt Testament“.

The gloomy aspect of the Sonata, however,

tends to be perceived mostly by musical virtuosos,

owed to their perceptive depth. Beethoven

was interested in philosophy and literature, while

struggling with politics. As he was beginning to feel

the effects of his deafness, thoughts about death

cannot be ruled out while he was composing the

Sonata. Helplessly, he had to stand by and endure

no longer being able to listen to his own music,

or the sound of birdsong that he loved so much.

Passionately, he went for walks and observed the

scenery, while rejoicing in the voices of nature. His

creativity was also reflected in his interest for exotic

instruments. While composing the Sonata, he was

especially interested in the aeolian harp. And indeed,

the inner harmony of the adagio resembles the

sound of a harp, the distant whisper of the wind,

or a muted murmur, while the bright trilling outer

voice sets the tempo. Beethoven indicated to play

the tune with extreme tenderness. The particular

appeal of the aeolian harp is that it can transform

the sounds of nature into a kind of vocal canon,

which may have inspired the melancholy part of

the “Moonlight Sonata” and, together with its light

piano chords, may embody the moon rising from

the darkness.

It is hardly surprising that the „Moonlight Sonata“

was already popular during Beethoven‘s

lifetime. The moon is as old as the earth, and female

in many languages. It was not its physical

existence, however, but the picturesque appeal of

its appearance, and the eruptive power of the full

moon that, in a sense, were reflected in Beethoven’s

personality. In Shakespeare’s “Othello”, the moon

kills and drives people mad. Yet lovers of all times

have succumbed to its magic. In the year after it

was written, Beethoven dedicated the Sonata to his

then 20-year-old piano student, the Countess Julie

Guicciardi. But had he really written it for her? There

was also Josephine, another woman whom, due to

the misguided social constraints of his time, Beethoven

could not have. As a trusted sister and freespirited

educator, Therese later found the perfect

words to describe their situation: “They were made

for each other, and if both of them were still alive,

Photo collage: Homage to the Moon

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