Beethoven’s Romanze in F major, op. 50 combines the graceful tone of a Classical period rondo with Beethoven’s propensity for harmonic innovation and depth. The piece features Beethoven’s characteristic use of suspensions and appoggiaturas that convey an almost operatic sense to the music (especially apparent from m. 26). Beethoven also frequently uses arpeggiation to build tension (especially apparent from m. 13). Beethoven’s use of the piano’s potential for polyphony is very evident in this piece with several countermelodies presented throughout (most notably in mm. 28-29 and 56-58). Beethoven also calls on the pianist’s knowledge of common forms in Beethoven’s day such as the Alberti bass accompaniment. Beethoven includes these elements to create a sense of variety and interest while also keeping his audience engaged with catchy melodies and harmonies that make Beethoven’s music stand out, even today.
George Gershwin – I Got Plenty O Nuttin Piano Sheet Music George Gershwin’s “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” was featured in Porgy and Bess, a George and Ira Gershwin musical which debuted on Broadway in 1935. The song is sung by the protagonist of George and Ira Gershwin’s opera, Porgy. The song is significant because