Lisitsa plays the 3rd movement of "The Tempest"

Valentina Lisitsa plays the 3rd movement of “The Tempest” (Beethoven) and records it with a GoPro

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the 3rd movement (Allegretto) of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, usually referred to as “The Tempest”, and records it using a GoPro. An interesting video to see from a classical pianist’s point of view. Enjoy!

This video just proves that playing piano is just as exciting as mountain biking, paragliding – or just doing silly stuff with GoPro camera as a companion 🙂 Fortunately no helmet is required for piano playing… unfortunately, no good place to conceal it. — Valentina Lisitsa

And here is the same performance from a normal camera view:

Composed in 1801-1802, the piece was nicknamed the “Tempest sonata”, not a name by Beethoven himself but by Anton Schindler, or rather because of Anton Schindler. Schindler was Beethoven’s secretary and after the composer’s death, he told tons of stories, many of them not true (much of Schindler’s information is distrusted by classical music scholars). According to Schindler, when he asked Beethoven about this sonata, the answer was that if he read Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” he would understand the music.

The piece consists of three movements. Each of the movements is in sonata form, though the second lacks a substantial development section.

  1. Largo – Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegretto (played in the video)

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