Development section is coming, and we’ll see what Beethoven ends up doing with his two themes:
The fact is, Beethoven uses almost only the second one. Why? Because the first theme is two much with both feet in in its key: it’s not a theme that you can tweak in a way so that it moves around a lot. The second theme, however, is more unstable and mobile, so the development moves around with the second theme jumping around from one hand to another:
At 0.23 you can hear how Beethoven has put huge accents on syncopations, offbeat notes. I actually think it’s a “warning” of what is to come, which is the first theme played with huge accents on the upper notes.
Here is the syncopation, followed by a hunted (or hunting?) feeling, then searching…searching…crescendo and BAM, we’re back with the first theme, but this time it’s very dominant and strong!
The off-beats, I think they should be felt UP and not heavy. As I write in the “On playing op. 2 No. 1”, I think they can be even more “up”.
I give this to students to listen to, to give them a feeling of how an accent should be “up”:
…bring me UP…I just love that.