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While looking through music the other day, I came across this sonata. At first, when I opened it up, I was immensely confused because, as you can probably hear, it’s a viola sonata. But it’s also for clarinet. It’s not like the book plays the music, but you know, I could see the viola part. The clarinet part was underneath. Anyways. I’m rambling.

When I was looking at the part (which I had not yet realised was a viola part), there were no markings on it, so I was bizarrely confused as to if or when I had played it. I put it on youtube, and didn’t recognise it at all.

Of course, then it got to the second movement, which I did recognise, and then I found the clarinet part, which had the second movement marked up, so obviously I did play it at some point.
The problem is, though, I can’t remember when I played it.
It definitely wasn’t a grade seven or eight piece, because I know what they were, which means that it must have been a grade six piece. But when I checked the syllabus, it was no longer on there.

So I have this mystery piece of music which I have definitely played (my fingers, as well as my ear, remember it), but I have no idea when or why I played it.
Oh well – it’s quite nice. Maybe I’ll work on the other two movements as well.

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Moonlight Sonata

I know I’ve posted a lot of videos of songs (more will show up before too long) lately, but I’ve had music on the brain a lot lately.

A few weeks ago, my parents went to a wedding at which the tables were named after famous piano pieces.
As an aside, I think naming tables instead of numbering them makes a lot of sense, and is a really cute way to put a bit of personality into a wedding. I’ve heard of tables named after Disney couples (for the couple who got engaged in Disneyland), famous scientists (for the couple who met on a Science college course) and now piano pieces (because the bride was an accomplished pianist). It’s cute. The scientists, incidentally, were my sister and brother-in-law. I think my table was Curie, but I’m not entirely sure. Shows how much attention I paid.

Anyways. This wedding my parents were at. Their table was named Moonlight Sonata. This is, I think, my favourite piano piece, like, ever. I don’t know what it is about it. It’s not like I have a particular grá for Beethoven or anything – in fact, I think a lot of his pieces are overplayed. But this one? This one absolutely gets into my brain. I adore it. I would practically marry anybody who played it for me on the spot. Even just the first movement.

Oh, Moonlight Sonata. I would kill to be able to play this piece. I downloaded the sheet music for the first movement once, but I just couldn’t do it. My fingers are too stupid to do different things at the same time.

Incidentally, I often get confused between Moonlight Sonata and Moonlight Serenade. I like Glenn Miller, quite a lot, but not with the same kind of rush of feelings as the Sonata. It’s just a word confusion thing.

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