This article examines the role of the piano in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Beethoven as composer/pianist assumes the role of a leader, carrying the salutary message to humanity, represented here by the orchestra, that art can save man. In this light, the work reveals a goal-directed narrative led by the piano, which gradually moves from darkness (Fantasia) to light (variations and finale). With this work, Beethoven leads by example in the most immediate way possible (he was the soloist at the premiere); he appeals to his fellow human to follow his example and transcend himself towards the higher order of things.
|Translated title of the contribution||The piano as shepherd in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2020|
- Beethoven, piano, Choral Fantasy, Shepherd