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Everybody but Beethoven: A Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary

THE UC BERKELEY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND THE BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION CO-PRESENT:

Monday, June 8, 2020

EVERYBODY BUT BEETHOVEN: A Celebration of Beethoven’s 250 Anniversary

A discussion led by Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley)

Nicholas Mathew

Sezi Seskir

David Kim

On the Hertz Hall stage, the audience will have the opportunity to get close to a pair of Viennese fortepianos from the Nineteenth-Century Piano Collection of the University of California, Berkeley, as Nicholas Mathew leads a discussion of the musical reciprocity and animosity between Beethoven and his contemporary adversaries and inspirations, from Neefe and C. P. E. Bach to Haydn and Clementi. He will be joined by two specialists in the early pianos of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: the Turkish fortepianist Sezi Seskir and the American virtuoso David Kim.

10:30 AM
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, UC Berkeley
FREE


CONCERT: BEETHOVEN’S MENTORS, COMPETITORS, & ACOLYTES

Carla Moore

Martyna Wlodarczyk

Eric Zivian

Four specialists in early pianos – the English pianist and music historian Nicholas Mathew, the Turkish pianist Sezi Seskir, the Polish pianist and writer Martyna Wlodarczyk, and the American pianist Eric Zivian – are joined by the period violinist Carla Moore in a wide-ranging program of music by Beethoven’s contemporary inspirations, adversaries, and anxious nineteenth-century followers. The program opens with the virtuosic eighteenth-century sonatas of the London-based composer Muzio Clementi—later one of Beethoven’s most important publishers—and a rarely performed violin-piano work by the Viennese keyboardist Joseph Woelfl, cleverly constructed from a web of themes and quotations from the oratorio The Creation by Beethoven’s teacher, Joseph Haydn. The program concludes with several Beethoven-haunted keyboard compositions from the nineteenth century, including experimental Beethovenian keyboard fragments by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann’s rhapsodic “monument to Beethoven”: the Fantasy, Op. 17.

1:00 PM
Hertz Hall,101 Cross-Sproul Path, UC Berkeley
FREE