thecuriouspianist: beethoven’s waldstein sona…


beethoven’s waldstein sonata manuscript , 1804

A Beethoven biographer from the beginning of this century [c.1900] tells us that the Waldstein sonata “had at some time acquired the nickname ‘Horror,’ presumably because of the thrusting, agitated figuration and the surprising modulations of its opening which are apt to make one shudder.”

The author’s shudderings are based on a misunderstanding: the Waldstein Sonata is known in France as “L’aurore.”

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