…OK, yes. “Not entirely stable” is a pretty generous way of describing it. Let’s just say that this Beethoven portrait is an accurate representation of my mood at the moment. So the first (and paramount) order of business this morning was to hunt down a musical antidote to my mood — one that both acknowledged my general dissatisfaction and helped me transition to a brighter outlook. Which means, of course…
It’s Tempest Time!!!
“The Tempest” has long been my favorite of the lesser-known Beethoven sonatas, partially because I like to think of myself as a bit tempestuous (though I’m not), and partially because I once constructed an entire never-shot film short around it. But mostly it’s because the third movement is absolutely amazing. (Speaking of amazing, that’s pretty much the word for this lecture from one of my favorite pianists and classical commentators: András Schiff.)
May it brighten your day. (By which I mean “I hope this brightens my day. ‘Cause I could sure do with a bit o’ brightening.”)