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#22321 - 03/06/03 11:35 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonatina in G
Jalapeņa Offline
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In the video, Maurice Hinson says that no one is sure exactly when the Sonatina in G Major was composed. He says it could have been in the late 18th century. In his opinion, the ornament may be played either as a short appoggiatura (very quickly on beat) or as an acciacciatura (what he calls a "crush" note). Hope this helps.

#22322 - 03/27/03 10:56 AM Re: Beethoven: Sonatina in G
Piano lady Offline
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Grace notes or appogiatura? Hmmm. Interesting subject. I'm going to go to the Tempest Op 31 #2 third movement. The first presentation of the inverted mordents one would think from a "historically accurate" performance would go on the beat. Yet they sound better played before the beat, and I've got 4 recordings of this piece and all the artists (Brendel (2), Kempff, Gilels) play them before the beat. I consider Brendel the modern day expert on Beethoven.

I tried them both ways myself and eventually went before the beat with them. Yet, in the Sonata in G (Op 49 #2) I would use an appogiatura as performed in a "Mozart" manner -- on the beat.

We can argue all we want about this subject, but in the end it turns out to what makes musical sense rather than what may or may not be historically accurate.

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