Beethoven

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My Beethoven by Philip
My Beethoven Moment came by way of a Wagnerian dramatic soprano. The municipal theatre of the small town where I grew up – Bern, Switzerland – offered a rather limited operatic program. But they tried. When the Stadttheater Bern put
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Returning Cycles – Beethoven’s “32”
intense, immersive, impassioned, hugely demanding and hugely enrichingJonathan Biss, pianist It’s the single most humane music imaginableIgor Levit, pianist Somewhere in the world right now, as I write, a pianist is performing or recording the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, maybe just
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Beethoven’s Lairs
Probusgasse 6, Heiligenstadt
In October 1802, Beethoven moved into a roughly 40 square meter apartment at Probusgasse 6 in the trendy spa town of Heiligenstadt. In his day, it would have been a substantial journey from the Vienna city center, and when Beethoven
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Ludwig van B.
A Universe of Dedications III
Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein (1762-1823) was Beethoven’s first great patron in Bonn. Originally he hailed from Vienna, and after receiving the knighthood of the Order by its Grand Master Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria, he was sent on
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My Beethoven by Janet
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 – I. Allegro ma non tanto (Janet Horvath, cello; Arthur Rowe, piano) I grew up with Beethoven. From my earliest years I remember the scowling white plaster bust on our
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Beethoven’s Quartets: The Complete Recording
25 Years in the Life of a String Quartet
Jean de Spengler interviewed by Alexis Galpérine 1 The Stanislas Quartet celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2019 … Yes indeed, about one year after I became principal cellist in 1983, I realized my dream of founding a string quartet with
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Beethoven’s Lairs
Theater an der Wien
We primarily remember the Viennese theatrical impresario Emanuel Schikaneder as collaborator and librettist on Mozart’s Magic Flute. However, Schikaneder was also directly responsible for several compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven. You see, Schikaneder and his troupe of performers appeared in
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Ludwig van B.
A Universe of Dedications II
As a freelance musician, Ludwig van B. was always looking for ways to make money. The dedication of works to nobility and/or friends, although a rather uncertain source of income, was one possible revenue stream. However, much depended on the
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