February 14, 2002

Thoughts on Beethoven. Opus 4. An improvisation.

1 minute 30 second recording.

It took me seven takes to make my recording of Beethoven's first sonata. After completing that seventh take, I sat at the piano ruminating about the performance trying to decide if I needed to do another take. I played this improvisation in the midst of those thoughts.

I often find many of my improvisations become trite upon repeated listening. Often, I begin to discern the technique I used and it loses its mystery for me. This one, however; has resisted that fate. After playing this, I decided I was too tired to do another take.

Recorded in the studio on 14 February 2002.

Filed under Piano, Composing