Academic journal article Notes

Communications

Academic journal article Notes

Communications

Article excerpt

To the Editor,

Thank you for publishing Basilio Fernández Morante's interesting article on Beethoven's op. 106 ("A Panoramic Survey of Beethoven's Hammer klavier Sonata, Op. 106: Composition and Performance," Notes 71, no. 2 [December 2014]: 236-62). While studying the article, I discovered a problem with table 3 (pp. 255-56), which compiles timings for fifty-one performances of op. 106 over seventy-two years.

Once I saw the table, I started comparing timings. I was familiar with the 1970 Gould performance (for its eccentricity) and the 2007 Uchida performance (for its excellence), and when I compared the respective durations for the first movement (11:04 for Gould and 11:24 for Uchida) something seemed amiss. I remembered Gould's tempo being quite slow, yet the duration of his first movement was shorter than Uchida's. I called up the two recordings on my phone, and what I had remembered was true: Gould's is extraordinarily slow, while Uchida's is close to Beetho - ven's metronome indication.

How could Gould's performance clock in at twenty seconds shorter than Uchida's? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.