Beethoven Heard Through His Pianos
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About the Event
The 32 Beethoven piano sonatas are a major watershed in the piano literature; they are a kaleidoscopic reflection of Beethoven’s career, from his early days as a virtuoso pianist-improviser in Viennese salons to his final period as a composer that redefined Classical form and style. Yet, crucially, they also reflect his wide-ranging engagement with piano technologies that were developing rapidly during his lifetime.
This four-part series explores the distinctive worlds of four sonatas—drawn from each phase of Beethoven’s career—through
the lens of representative instruments that featured importantly throughout his life. Each event pairs a sonata with a historical piano from the instrument collection of the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards and includes a complete performance of the designated sonata followed by a lecture-conversation with subscribers.
WHEN: Every Saturday between March 6 and March 27.
COST: $80 for 4 Lectures