Hive Open Mic week 60, Beethoven - Sonata op. 27 no. 2

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Inspiration... Just one of the ingredients of all the human creations in this world. At first glance, just a small and insignificant part of any created writing, painting or music, however, inspiration is essential, it makes difference. It changes the whole concept of artwork or let us say any other creative activity. Even if someone suffers from heartache or sadness, it can be a trigger to create a masterpiece.

So let me ask you, have you ever felt so broken that your world was falling apart and your thoughts were leading you just to a dead end? Have you ever felt a real heartache that was making you shout from pain but without making noise? A silent screaming but felt like agony? If not, you are lucky. But exactly thanks to that inner torment, many music pieces were written during history, especially starting from romanticism. Composers started to express openly their feelings, rebellion, sadness, excitement and love sorrows. All those significant composers from that time like Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt created beautiful music expressing emotions and thoughts. And if we go just a little bit back in time, we can see that Beethoven was one of the pioneers to show all the drama and pain he has gone through.

Imagine this, a musician who is getting deaf... Being in love always with the wrong woman... Being alone and living in own sadness. Oh, I can feel for him, but at the same time, I am thankful as he wrote a huge opus of music. Definitely having life inspiration, Ludwig van Beethoven, that German composer knew how to put all those sounds coming from his head, inspired by his broken heart into piano keys in the following piece you will listen to in this post.

I will play one of his sonatas for piano, the op 27 no 2, called also Moonlight Sonata (although it was not the title Beethoven gave it). It was written in 1801 and dedicated to one of his students. Hmm, not any student. It was a 17 years old girl, and well... he fell in love with her.

Apparently, the love seemed to be mutual, but as the girl's family was against the relationship, it was not possible to achieve a marriage between the two. She married another man, probably chosen by her family, and thirty-year-old Ludwig fell back into severe depression and bitterness.

Hope you will recognize the same sorrow from this piece and hear Beethoven's broken heart. I play the first movement of this sonata, and still, it is a bit long. About five minutes, but anyway, I hope you will enjoy it.