EXCLUSIVE! A Signals bestseller, printed with the music from the last of Beethoven's great piano sonatas. Hand-blown glass. Distinctive flared shape. Tall and impressive. Weighted bottom. Clear glass with black printing. Printed with a portion of the score from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32. 16" high. Impressive on a piano or table. Fill with flowers or greens, or leave empty. Beginning in 1795, Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote 32 piano sonatas. Today they are viewed as the first cycle of major piano pieces worthy of the concert hall. The German conductor Hans von Bulow called them "The New Testament" of music. One of Beethoven's final works for piano, Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, was written between 1821 and 1822. By then, Beethoven was almost totally deaf. He was no longer conducting or performing in public, but he was writing masterpieces. He completed the "Missa Solemnis" around this time, finished the Ninth Symphony ("the Choral"), and started a series of string quartets that baffled his contemporaries but continue to inspire musicians and composers today. Sonata No. 32 has two movements: the stormy Maestoso and the mystical Arietta, a set of variations on a theme. Performances usually last about 25 minutes. If you would like to see and hear it being played, videos are available on YouTube of Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel, Daniel Barenboim, and other great pianists playing one or both movements. For the piano student, the teacher, the musician, or anyone who enjoys classical music and especially the work of the mighty Beethoven, this simple yet monumental vase (over a foot tall), with its sweeping, curving lines, is expressive and inspiring.
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