Online Event: Joanna Macgregor | Beethoven Day: Concert 1
SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER - 2:00 PM
Join distinguished British pianist Joanna MacGregor as she takes us on a journey through the music of Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year. Across three livestreamed recitals direct from Turner Sims, Joanna presents a personal selection of nine of the composer’s defining set of 32 piano sonatas. From the bold early Sonata No 3 dedicated to his teacher Haydn, to the ever-popular Moonlight, and concluding with the monumental and technically challenging final sonata, which Beethoven described as ‘not very difficult’, the day spans three decades of the composer’s life and through music of great power, intimacy, and vision.
Sonata No 3 in C, Op 2 No 3 (1795)
Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13 Pathétique (1798)
Sonata No 12 in A flat, Op 26 Funeral March (1801)
Beethoven Day begins with a sonata composed at the age of 25, the last of the three Op 2 sonatas which form Beethoven’s first set of works for piano. Comprising four expansive movements (in contrast to the three which were typical of his predecessors Haydn and Mozart), the brilliance of its writing reflects the fact that Beethoven was a virtuoso on the instrument. His bold new approach to writing for the solo instrument continues with the Grand Sonata Pathetique, of which Beethoven’s publisher said ‘nothing so powerful and full of tragic passion has hitherto been dreamt of in pianoforte music’. Both this work and the Funeral March sonata which ends the programme were dedicated to Prince Karl Lichnowsky, Beethoven’s principal patron with whom he had been living since arriving in Vienna in 1792.
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Running time: 1 hour (approx)
You can buy a ticket to enjoy this concert online until midnight, Sunday 20 December
This concert will be available for ticket holders to view until Monday 21 December, 9am
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