Music on the Green Presents:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Don’t just practice your art, force your way into its secrets!” Well, as the fifth summer of Beethoven on the Green approaches, commemorating the 250th anniversary of his birth, I continue to listen to, study, contemplate, practice and perform the music of one of the most influential, enigmatic and beloved composers of all time. Beginning with the 32 piano sonatas in the summer of 2016, we have forged our way through the violin sonatas and other violin and piano works, most of the piano variations and many incidental pieces. Last summer we began exploring the cello sonatas and we heard the Bagatelles for piano and some orchestral Overtures. To climax the season Christa played the monumental Violin Concerto in D. On tap for this summer there is one more dramatic overture, a curious Fantasie, and Beethoven’s greatest composition in the variation form, the 33 Variations on a theme by Diabelli. Also, because of the celebratory nature of this year, I will return to a very special piano sonata from Season One.
The details: there will be two pre-recorded video presentations via a Zoom “Watch Party” on Thursday, July 30 and Thursday, August 13, both at 10:00 AM.
So prepare for the overwhelming power, the quiet beauty, the whimsical charm, the sardonic wit, the unabashed longing, the searing anger, the transcendent majesty and the unruly passion- all combining to unleash a musical maelstrom touching our ordinary lives and transforming our very souls to lift us up into a new and more radiant vision of life itself. Yes, this is Beethoven!