Torsten Juul-Borre and Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique

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Symphony of the Vines featured Torsten Juul-Borre on November 18, 2018, at Cass Winery in Paso Robles. The first half of the piano recital showcased Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique. Before the concert, Torsten helped the audience know a little more about Beethoven and his sonata. “Beethoven loved writing symphonies,” explained Juul-Borre. “He wrote nine, and he probably would have written more if he had more patrons who desired symphonies.  He wrote 32 piano sonatas, which, basically, are symphonies for the piano.”

“Whenever you hear ‘sonata,’ such as sonata for cello, or sonata for violin, it has the same basic form as a symphony. Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique starts with a slow introduction. It’s called Pathetique because it is filled with pathos, which means deep feeling.”

The selection below is the first movement from Sonata Pathetique – Grave, Allegro di molto e con brio.

“The second movement is very famous and well-loved. It almost reads like a pop song because of the melody and harmonies Beethoven brings together. But he would probably argue with me on that.”

The recital clip below is the second movement from Sonata Pathetique – Adagio cantabile.

“The third movement is a rondo. It is typified by a tune that is familiar and a different section that comes right after. Such as A followed by B, A followed by C, A followed by D, and so forth. You can listen for that during the third movement.”

This clip features the third movement, Sonata Pathetique – Rondo Allegro.

“We are always pleased to feature Torsten Juul-Borre. He is a gifted pianist who weaves entertaining stories into his program,” said Ellen Greenman, Symphony of the Vines board president. “He’s an audience favorite!” Each summer Juul-Borre, who is a Templeton resident, tours Denmark performing recitals, and in the fall his Symphony of the Vines performance is speckled with amusing facts about the composers and their music.

Symphony of the Vines is a professional orchestra based in north San Luis Obispo County. The symphony specializes in small orchestra and chamber ensembles playing in various venues including North County wineries. Click “Tickets” below to purchase available concert tickets!

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