Beethoven Lecture Series with Jeffrey Swann
July 16th-25th 2020
Introduction, 4 Lectures and 1 open Q&A session
Access to all lectures (online and available for viewing until August 31st): €110, Early-bird registration (by July 12th): €90 Online registration
The 2020 Beethoven Piano Masterclass is excited to present Mr. Swann in a series of illuminating, interactive discussions which will explore Beethoven and his music. Half of each lecture will include an interactive Question-and-Answer session in which all listeners are encouraged to pose questions and to engage in lively discussion. Jeffrey Swann writes:
“The piano music of Beethoven lies at the heart of every pianist’s repertoire. The piano itself was Beethoven’s primary instrument, the most immediate of all mediums for his creativity, his laboratory.
“Perhaps more than anything else, a study of Beethoven’s complete piano music reveals the incredible variety of his works. We will discuss the Sonatas and other piano works, not from historic, biographical, or musicological aspects, but rather from how they manifest the amazing multi-faceted quality of Beethoven’s music: Beethoven as a great virtuoso pianist, his relationship to tradition, even to Italian opera, the uniquely important role of humor in his work, his extraordinary innovations, his exploration of the peaks and depths of emotion, of the human condition. More than anything else, it is the humanity of Beethoven’s music that makes it so great, and so enriches our lives.”
Besides an introductory panel on Thursday, July 16th at 2pm US EST with Administrative Director Caterina Ciani and Jeffrey Swann, and an open Q&A session on Saturday July 25th at 2pm US EST, Jeffrey Swann will give seminars on:
Friday, July 17th: Live Session – 2:00pm US EST
1) Beethoven as Virtuoso Pianist “The piano was Beethoven’s primary instrument and as a young man, he was considered among the greatest pianists in the world. Beethoven wrote many of his early Sonatas and Variations as vehicles for himself…They give us, therefore, a great insight into what kind of pianist Beethoven was. At the same time, he never ceased experimenting with the piano…These experiments bring about great changes in his and our very conception of the piano.”
Sunday, July 19th: Live Session – 2:00pm US EST
2) Beethoven and Tradition “From the first days of his arrival in Vienna to study with Haydn, the 21-year old Beethoven saw himself as the heir to Haydn, Mozart and the great Classical tradition. In the years before, he had a deep firsthand knowledge of the traditions of 18th-century Italian opera. Beethoven’s relationship to the past has a powerful influence on much of his music.”
Tuesday, July 21st: Live Session – 2:00pm US EST
3) Beethoven and Humor “For no other composer has humor been so integral an element as it has been for Beethoven, in fact for his entire creative life. What is extraordinary about Beethoven’s use of humor is its variety: from sly inside jokes to references to Opera Buffa; from gentle parody to slapstick farce; from the bitterness of black humor to the serene wisdom of one who has suffered and can still laugh.“
Thursday, July 23rd: Live Session – 2:00pm US EST
4) Beethoven and Innovation “Beethoven has had a universal and pervasive influence on multitudinous future generations. His innovations – formal, technical, and above all in the intent and effect of his works – represent a watershed in the history of music. In his works throughout his career, we see the fruits of his experiments and innovative insights.”
If you miss the live sessions, access will be available for viewing until August 31st.
Don’t miss out on this exciting series of discussions and register now!