44. Mozart: 14th Piano Sonata
[…] you are on the freeway threading through the slow ones,
you are moving toward something and nothing,
you punch the radio on and get Mozart, which is something,
and you will get through the slow ones
and the fast ones
and the dull ones
and he hateful ones
and the rare ones,
delightful and sickening things will occur.
we are all so alike and so different, to die one by one
or sometimes en masse,
you find the freeway turn-off, drive through the toughest part
of town, feel momentarily wonderful
as Mozart slides through your brain
and down along your bones
and out through your shoes.
it’s been a tough fight worth fighting
you drive along
betting on another day.
Excerpt from 8 Count And Up by Charles Bukowski
Mozart’s piano sonatas were written for intimate performances in some rich man’s living room. They never became quite as popular as his publicly performed piano concertos. At the same time Mozart’s sonatas served their purpose by inspiring Beethoven to come up with piano sonatas suited for public performances in concert halls.
Mozart would write 18 piano sonatas. I picked the 14th because I can. And because it is the wildest and darkest of the bunch. And because there have always been vicious rumours that Beethoven stole his famous 8th from this one. Ludwig got away with it, since no one was stupid enough to sue Beethoven for plagiarism.
Mozart tamer Uchida performs it like her piano was set on fire, which is the only way it should be allowed to be played.