Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30

Ludwig van Beethoven

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In this masterclass, Miriam Fried discuss bowing, syncopation, and capturing the essence of the music among other aspects with her student Aijia Li

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Miriam Fried emphasizes the importance of anticipating the beat with the piano and to avoid slowing down due to convenience. Fried instructs Aijia to add more liveliness in her playing, to feel the inherent “electricity,” in the composition, and abstain from presenting the piece too seriously. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Playing with technical precision.

  2. Balancing with the piano.

  3. Playing with energy and excitement.

  4. Anticipating the beat with the piano.

  5. Capturing the essence of the music.

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 by Ludwig van Beethoven 

The violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven sometime between 1801 - 1802, and was dedicated to Tsar Alexander I of Russia.

The sonata has four movements: Allegro con brio in C minor, the Adagio cantabile in A-flat major, the Scherzo: Allegro in C major, and the Finale: Allegro Presto in C minor. Unlike Beethoven's other works, the first movement of this sonata does not repeat the exposition. It demonstrates violent contrasts, beginning softly and ending with a deep intensity. The second movement adds a certain lightness to the work, then suddenly rushing scales of C major, which leads to the Scherzo, which is in the C Major key. The Finale is fierce and has many points of reference with the first movement. 

  • Composer: van Beethoven
  • Piece:Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30
  • Professor: Miriam Fried
  • Student:Aijia Li
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:27 October 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:49 min
  • Spoken language:English
Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried

Our job is serious, but music describes a whole world, and rarely is it one thing from beginning to end.

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Sheet music violin sonata no. 7 in c minor, op. 30

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried

Professor of violin at New England Conservatory in Boston.

Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

In recent seasons, Ms. Fried’s schedule has included orchestral engagements with such prestigious ensembles as the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Czech Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In 1993, she premiered a violin concerto written for her by Donald Erb with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and recorded the work for Koss. Ms. Fried’s highly praised New York recitals of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were the culmination of three years of international performances.

She was the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet for ten years and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss. Currently, Miriam Fried is a professor at New England Conservatory and is invited to give masterclasses throughout the world. Since 1994 she has been program Director of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians.

van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Born in Bonn, Germany in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most mainstream references of Classicism — a pianist, composer, and an unequivocal genius. Descending from a long line of musicians, Beethoven studied music from an early age, beginning with the piano, clarinet, and the organ. At the ripe age of 11-years-old, Beethoven received his first job as a court organist, replacing his own teacher for a period of time. A veritable young prodigy, Beethoven was publicly compared to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a few years later, the young musician traveled to Vienna to briefly study under the tutelage of Mozart himself. In his late 20s, Beethoven noticed difficulties with his hearing and by his mid 40s, he was completely deaf and unable to vocally communicate. Despite this misfortune, he remarkably continued to compose music. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was written after he had entirely lost his hearing. 
 While his early musical career heavily reflected the Viennese Classical tradition inherited by the likes of Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven achieved a unique revolutionary identity by the end of his career. Deceased in 1827, his wake was a public event that gathered around 10,000 people. Despite his passing, Beethoven’s legacy lives on. His works anticipated many of the features that would characterize music in the romantic era and even that of the 20th century.

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