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The Beethoven2020 Project

Sunset Music and Arts is celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, with a series of concerts featuring several of his solo, chamber, vocal, and choral works.

The Beethoven 2020 Project Calendar

  • Sat. Feb 15, 7:30 p.m. Patrick Galvin (violin) and Jung-eun Kim (piano) in concert: Beethoven Violin Sonata No 4 in A minor, Op. 23
  • Sat. Feb 29, 7:30 p.m. Patrick Galvin (violin) and Jung-eun Kim (piano) in concert. Beethoven Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Op. 30
  • Sat. July 11, 7:30 p.m. Kimberly Hou, piano: Beethoven 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80.
  • Sat. July 18, 7:30 p.m. William Beatty and Brooke Aird in concert: Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major (Spring ) Opus 24
  • Sat. July 25, 7:30 p.m. Pianist Kevin Navarro in concert: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor “Appassionata”
  • Sat. August 15, 8 p.m. San Francisco Renaissance Voices presents Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives.

Works featured in the Beethoven2020 Project

Solo Piano

  1. Piano Sonata in C minor, No. 8, Op. 13 “Pathetique
  2. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor “Appassionata”
  3. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor “Appassionata
  4. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein
  5. Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110
  6. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  7. Variations and Fugue in E flat Major, Op. 35, “Eroica
  8. 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
  9. 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
  10. 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
  11. 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
  12. Variations on the duet ‘La stessa, la stessissima’, WoO 73
  13. Andante favori WoO 57
  14. Andante favori, WoO 57
  15. Polonaise in C major, Op. 89

Piano 4-hands

  1. 3 Marches, Op. 45 for four hands
  2. 8 Variations on a theme by Count Waldstein, WoO67 (for four hands)

Piano-Violin Sonatas

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, No. 1
  2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
  3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, No. 8
  4. Sonata for Violin and Piano, No 4 in A minor, Op. 23
  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major (Spring ) Opus 24
  6. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”
  7. Sonata for Violin and Piano, No 7 in C minor, Op. 30
  8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
  9. Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 10 in G, Op. 96

Chamber Music

  1. Horn Sonata in F
  2. Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11

Vocal Music

  1. “An die ferne geliebte” Op. 98 (1816)

Choral Music

  1. Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Op. 85

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in classical music, he remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

Beethoven was born in Bonn, the capital of the Electorate of Cologne, and part of the Holy Roman Empire. He displayed his musical talents at an early age and was vigorously taught by his father Johann van Beethoven, and was later taught by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At age 21, he moved to Vienna and studied composition with Joseph Haydn. Beethoven then gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist, and was soon courted by Prince Lichnowsky for compositions, which resulted in Opus 1 in 1795.

His career is conventionally divided into early, middle, and late periods; the “early” period is typically seen to last until 1802, the “middle” period from 1802 to 1812, and the “late” period from 1812 to his death in 1827. During his life, he composed nine symphonies; five piano concertos; one violin concerto; thirty-two piano sonatas; sixteen string quartets; two masses; and the opera Fidelio. Other works, like Für Elise, were discovered after his death, and are also considered historical musical achievements. Beethoven’s legacy is characterized for his innovative compositions, namely through the combinations of vocals and instruments, and also for widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto, and quartet.

Source: Wikipedia

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