Thursday, February 21, 2008
In Beethoven piano sonata in C minor, the Fr6 chord in measure 46 leaves the listener with a feeling of settling down into a half cadence. For the performer I would choose use a very long legato to ease into it. The Fr6 is brought on by a IV, and Beethoven uses correct voice leading. In measure 49-50, there is not an augmented 6th chord, it is a V65/IV. Although it produces beautiful tension as it resolves to a I chord. As the score implies, the performer should crescendo through measure 49 to 50.