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Volume 4 Issue 10 - July/August 1999

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Ill ill Ill ill ill Ill iii ~ONCERT ~NOTES Silverman 1 s Beethoven Vivaldi Tchaikovsky Compl~te Songs Vol. 1 :}~~·~::: ~ . Guita.r Cull(.'t'liou ,-.:np•ll~ml COSTE Napol~on Coste · Guitar Works, featuring Canadian guitarist Jeffrey McFadden Robert Silverman presented the first half of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle last summer at the . Glenn Gould Studio. This summer (July6, 7, 13 and 14, again at the Gould) he coinpletes his epic journey, including performances of the Pathetique (Op./3), the Tempest (Op. 31, #2), the Hmnmerklavier (Op. 106) and the last sonata, (Op. Ill). Who/eNote publisher Allan Pulker spoke with him . around the 'midd(e of June. Theory Composition­ Lessons Conservatory E.xam Prep University Tutorial Lessons Q. You memorized all thirty-two of Beethoven's .piano sonatas. How did you do it? Silvennan: I guess to a certai11 extent, a good memory is one of the gifts I have been blessed with. In a sense, too, I have been assisted by Beethoven, because most of the time everything he does has such a logic to it. If one is a good enought · musician to \llldertake such a project, the music must speak to you in many different ways. One of the things that makes Beethoven a giant among composers is that the notes he wrote logically had to be what !hey were. This is usually not the way it is in the music of Jesser composers. The most difficult passages to memorize were those where the same theme comes back four or five times each time a little different from the others. Bdt generally, when he modulates, for example, the way he gets/ to the new key is so logically control­ Jed that it is not diflicult to memorize. Q. Has leaming the complete sonata cycle changed your understanding a/music. Silvennan: Before I started I asked my friend, Richard Goode, what he thought of the idea. He said, "If you do it, it will change your life." He was · righL There is nothing that I've done that'l1as even remotely made such a differen~e to the way I hear music. It has also had an enonnous effect on the way I teach music. It has pulled a I

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