Beethoven was born in December 1770, which makes 2020 the 250th anniversary of his birth, and there will be numerous performances scheduled in celebration.
Are you planning on playing or doing anything special to co-commemorate the event this year? Listen to and learn more Beethoven? Finally play the concerto or try a sonata for the first time? Play the "Minuet in G" in Suzuki Book 2 (from memory after years)? Watch "A Late Quarter"? All of the above?
Or perhaps prepare instead for the 200th anniversary of his death in 2027?
Good question! With my trio, we are doing the complete trios over the 19/20 and 20/21 season, and I'm doing the Triple Concerto, Violin Concerto, and violin sonata cycle. Not that Beethoven needs any boost in the programming discussions, but it's a great excuse to trot out his oeuvre!
My son's orchestra did the Beethoven Great Fugue (chamber orch version of the string quartet) on their first concert and are doing Beethoven Violin Concerto in their final concert. His string quartet is also playing the Op. 59 Fugue. My daughter's program isn't doing anything.
... your trio is doing the Violin Concerto?
Nothing specifically timed for the 250th, I think, but OU Sinfonietta will be doing the Pastorale in February.
Chicago Symphony is doing a whole program that will include Beethoven 4 through 9, plus they had Kavakos play it with the full symphony earlier this year.
250th?? Oh my, I stopped counting at the 9th. He has been a busy bee....
Mostly decomposing up to now, I’m afraid. Not sure if he’s erased all nine yet...
Teaching some of my students how to play the violin arrangement of "Fur Elise."
George - please let them know that Beethoven wrote that for me. I'm just a little older than I look. :)
Well, Beethoven was well ahead of his time.
Norman Lebrecht of Slipped Disc promises to
‘Teaching some of my students how to play the violin arrangement of "Fur Elise."‘
My community orchestra will be performing the Pastorale symphony in the spring. Although Beethoven is a regular occurence in our program, the Pastorale is perhaps somewhat more ambitious than usual.
The Concordia University Irvine Simfonia is going to perform for his birthday on Saturday, March 28th, 2020. Here is the link provided below about the event:
Thanks J Ray, for the Norman Lebrecht link, which I did not know before. I have read his Mahler book a couple of time: it offers some valuable stories and insights.
A bit late, but Happy 250th Birthday to Beethoven! I would like to learn the Beethoven violin concerto as it is very beautiful and is very strong. Also, learning Beethoven's 29th piano sonata, "Hammerklavier", would be a privilege, and that piece just simply sweeps along the listener into the music. Once again, Happy Birthday to Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Eric I know you posted about Wieniawski 2 and Mendelssohn and in my opinion Beethoven is of a level on its own. Not even in the same stratosphere. Also hammerklavier is something only the very finest pianists attempt however I know nothing of your piano playing.
Yes I know about how difficult it is. I think they are nice however, and would like to play them. Cheers!
My Beethoven anniversary will consist on learning at least one of the three movements of his piano sonata 17, Op. 31#2 "Tempest". I'd like to study the complete sonata, but given the little time I have for practicing, it's unrealistic if I also want to study pieces by other composers.
This Saturday we're going to hear three Beethoven quartets (performed by James Ehnes' quartet, as part of the Seattle Chamber Music Society's winter festival), and next Thursday we'll go hear Midori play four sonatas with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. More Beethoven to come as the year progresses, I'm sure.
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