Ivry Gitlis Performing the Violin Solo Sonata by Bela Bartok

This video shows Ivry Gitlis, a phenomenal violin player, performing Bela Bartok’s sonata for solo violin. Many people can’t afford this piece (and some more of the compositions written by Bela Bartok) and even think that the violin player is playing out of tune. This happens because this sonata for violin includes microtonalities which means that the composer’s material is not limited to the well known twelve tones of the tempered piano tuning but also include more tones in between the standard twelve notes. Here the space between one note and the following one on the piano is subdivided into more subtle intervals. Naturally this kind of tune cannot be played on an accoustic piano while some synthesizers and keyboards do have a ‘bend wheel’ which would allow to play this piece.
Bela Bartok can be regarded as the most important hungarian composer and has an extensive oevre with compositions for many kinds of symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as for solo instruments. He also put special emphasis on the percussion instruments. His works for piano Microcosmos and Macrocosmos are mandatory repertoire for the beginning and advanced classical piano performer. In these and other compositions Bela Bartok recovers many hungarian, romanian and other folk tunes, treating and integrating them into the concert music repertoire.

Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major played by Glenn Gould and Leonard Rose

Unfortunately, some jerk removed the embed ability for this video on youtube. This happens sometimes with people full of envy who don’t want to share the videos they upload to youtube, even thought they are for sure not the copyright holders. They just don’t want other people to enjoy the music videos outside of youtube, a contradiction by itself. Youtube should offer the possibility to disallow embedding at publishing time and not only when some jerk suddenly finds out that his/her video had been republished somewhere. Why wait all the time till somebody actually uses the features of youtube and then destroy his/her work of embedding and commenting? We’re pretty sure that some of the videos which later on where disabled for embedding are not propperty of the republisher, some show a tv station logo and in these cases the corresponding tv station should hold the copyright while the republisher just happens to have a tv recording or DVD. Envy rules the world!
After all, the Music Video guide wants to help people to learn more about the vast spectrum of music beyond the typical pop stuff. We promise to find a way for you to watch this video clip of a recording from 1960 where Glenn Gould on the piano and Leonard Rose on the cello and play the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major which is catalogued as Op. 69 of this famous german composer who lived at the borderline between classical and romantic music. The tempo of this movement is indicated as Allegro ma non tropo.
This is a beautiful interpretation of the piece by both artists, despite the fact that it sometimes seems to be a piano sonata accompanied by the cello and not a cello sonata accompanied by a piano. This might be related to Glenn Gould’s particular style of piano playing but could also be the intention of the composer who in fact was one of the first composers who used to write indications regarding the dynamics of his compositions. This has to do partly with the evolution of piano constructing techniques and the mechanism between the keys and the strings which was changing at Ludwig van Beethoven’s time.
Both musicians put a lot of soul into their playing and there is an anecdote about the recording. Check that both musicians are playing out of memory. Leonard Rose knew this piece from former performances and the recording staff didn’t want to have a stand with the sheet music between the camera and the cello player, so Rose decided to play out of memory to please the producers. Glenn Gould didn’t want to look less talented and so he memorized the entire sonata the night before the recording!

Ludwig van Beethoven – ‘Sonata No. 28 in A major’ – Nanae Green

Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 and died in 1827. In his relatively short life he composed a big amount of classical music pieces for all kinds of instrumentations. In this video you can watch San Diego State University graduate Nanae Green playing one of Beethoven’s sonatas the Sonata No. 28 in A major, Allegretto, ma non troppo. She is playing according to Ludwig van Beethoven’s indications on the sheets, which is remarkable because Beethoven is one of the first composers who made indications for the dynamics of the interpretation. Since then it has become quiet familiar for the composers to annotate special indications on the sheet music.

John Cage – ‘Sonata V’

Paul Hindemith – Solo Piano Music

In this video we offer you the fugue of the sonata 3 for the piano composed by Paul Hindemith and played by Glenn Gould who is world famous for his classical Johan Sebastian Bach interpretations. Hindemith did not only compose for solo instruments but also for chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras.