Sunday 22 July 2012
Tune of the Day: The Torture of Tantalus
from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”
Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment: to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.
This study presents two difficulties. The first difficulty, of course, concerns the fingers, since the piece must be played at a steady tempo. The second lies in the intonation of the interval C#-E, as C# tends to be too sharp and E tends to be a little flat.