MUSIC UNIVERSITY: Beethoven Intensive l & ll
Feb. 20/25 and March 6/11
Beethoven Intensive l
Wednesday, February 20, 7:50pm
Monday, February 25, 12 noon*
Beethoven Intensive ll
Wednesday, March 6, 7:50pm
Monday, March 11, 12 noon*
With Cantor Joseph Ness
Please join us at 7:30 pm for Minyan preceding these lectures.
No charge for admission. Open to the public.
*Encore presentations repeat the preceding Wednesday lecture.
Beethoven was a revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time. He captured his inner voice –and the spirit of his time – demons and all, and in doing so, created a body of music the likes ofwhich no one had ever before imagined. “An artist must never stand still,” he once said. A virtuoso at the keyboard, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory, and the piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and most importantly, his developing view of music asan artistic self-expression. These lectures will feature some analysis and historical background, but will mainly explore and demystify the compositions through discussion and recorded examples of Beethoven’s early, middle, and late period piano works, such as: The Moonlight, Les Adieux, Appassionata, and Hammerklavier sonatas – while at the same time embracing the eternal mystery of his music.