Alicia Keys performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in honor of Kobe Bryant

Alicia Keys performs Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, one of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s favourite items of music.

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Alicia Keys performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in honor of Kobe Bryant

28 thoughts on “Alicia Keys performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in honor of Kobe Bryant”

  1. How lucky we are, just to have such a beautiful woman. I've been grown with her songs and Im now 33 year old. I can proudly say, she is the best american singer, I've ever Known.

  2. Lovely. I recalled my first year as a piano major, and my teacher assigned me this piece in partial fulfillment for the Classical piece for my end-of-the-semester exam. I saw other students play much more difficult Beethoven sonatas, so I was reluctant to practice this one. Why? Well, at that time, I kept telling myself "But everybody plays this piece.". It was the foolish version of me trying to be different. A week later, I finished the entire sonata, but before our lesson started on that Monday, I asked why I was playing something everybody knows already. My teacher said "I didn't give this to you because everybody plays it. I gave this to you so that you could tell a story." She was already implying that she knew my grandmother, who was at her time, an accomplished pianist as well. My grandmother would always play this when she came for a visit.

    It's a valuable piece of music. It's timeless. I don't think classically-trained people should feel bad or borderline disgusted by this version. I think Beethoven would be, rather, happy that his music still resonates in the modern generations. Imagine if Beethoven's Sonata wasn't even played at all, after he died. (formal name: Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27). There are people like Georgii Cherkin and Hauser Cello who continue to spread classical music in their own way. These two artists I mentioned have two things in common. First, they're both classically-trained. Second, they both arranged Beethoven's beloved piano sonata differently, yet it still positively affects the common listener. I mean, it's okay to have standards, and I completely understand that. However, insulting this version, which is Kobe's version being played by Alicia Keys, is out of the question.

    Okay, that aside.

    Honestly, my only complaint is why they didn't give Alicia Keys a piano that'll do justice to her touch. Okay fine, two complaints. The second one is how the piano's true sound is hindered by the case/lid being closed. When you play the piano with an open lid, there is this full and elegant ringing sound, and that's perfect for a piece of music like this.

  3. Grief unites us in our humanity. So much motivation and conviction in Alicia's eyes. A true and deeply moving present to honor Kobe's life and the movement that will continue to rise and advocate for change through presence.🙏🎼❤

  4. I'd love to hear Alicia give a piano concert. I've always had the suspicion her piano skills are overrated.

    Even if its just playing in church or a jazz solo or yhe blues.
    But this was nice

  5. Oh My God! i felt the music flowing through my whole body. I can and know the feeling of each one of them sitting there playing it.
    Amazing ! really! i dont have words to express

  6. Not the full movement, she skipped half the song and repeated the part she did play twice. The full song at the rate she is playing it should take like 5 and a half to 6 minutes to play, but it is naturally supposed to be slower. Still, it was a nice memorial.

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