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Posted: Feb 01 2007 at 9:56pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

I thought for the short month of February, we might pick up on an interesting quote from last month.

Elgar’s Enigma Variations reflect in music different people in Elgar’s life.

"The ninth [Enigma Variation] shows the composer at his best; it is the result of a long summer evening's talk, Elgar tells us, when 'my friend grew eloquent -- as only he could -- on the grandeur of Beethoven and especially of his slow movements."

McKinney, Howard D. and Anderson, W.R.
Discovering Music (New York: American Book Company, 1949), 223.

I recently found out that "adagio" means slow movement   An easy way to conduct this study is to simply pick up some Beethoven CDs and highlight the “adagios” or just listen and when a slow part comes up say, “do you think Elgar was influenced by this piece?” (It doesn’t matter if he was or wasn’t.)

Wikepedia says “The first eight bars represent the beginning of Beethoven's Eighth Sonata (Pathetique).” Let’s be sure to include that one.

There is a classical music series which highlights adagios and they do offer Beethoven’s Adagios. It does include the Pathetique piano sonata. I’ve seen this series in many libraries.Find in a library

Another option, in case you have the Music Masters series, is to listen to the Beethoven CD with new ears. Listen for the slow movements. (Check the dust jacket for the name of the piece.)

If you like classical music videos, Andre Previn's Sounds Magnificent The Story of the Symphony has a Beethoven edition. I watched this awhile ago and I liked it. I can't remember if it is totally kid friendly. (Probably is)

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Posted: Feb 01 2007 at 10:06pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Very nice sequel to last month's study, Helen. Thank you!


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Posted: Feb 02 2007 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote MLoustalot

Not pertaining specifically to Beethoven's Adagios, but generally about Beethoven, which we coincidentally are also studying this month of February, I've found this website lots of fun. .


If this link doesn't take you to the Beethoven page, just go to www.classicsforkids.com and click on Past Shows and scroll down to Beethoven. .

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