Beethoven's Complete Works for Piano: Part X

Is Beethoven’s music great? How do we know? Piano department chair Bruce Brubaker encourages curious concertgoers to celebrate and reconsider Beethoven’s music and legacy.

75 NEC pianists present every work for piano that Beethoven ever wrote over the course of 13 recitals in spring and fall 2020. Hear well-known favorites like the “Moonlight” Sonata alongside rarely-performed works and decide for yourself: what does Beethoven mean today?

A virtuoso pianist himself, Beethoven composed dozens of works for the fortepiano, often making use of the new musical resources of the instrument as it developed rapidly throughout the composer’s lifetime. Approximately 1/3 of each concert program will feature rarely performed sets of variations that may offer insight into Beethoven’s own performances as an improviser.

The NEC Piano Department dedicates this Beethoven 2020 project to Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Russell Sherman who celebrates his ninetieth birthday in 2020.  Mr. Sherman was the first American musician to record all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and concertos. He has been a member of the New England Conservatory faculty since 1967.


Beethoven's Complete Works for Piano:

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  2. Thirty-two variations on an original theme in C Minor, WoO 80 (1806)

    • Xingrong Shao, piano
  3. Sonata in E-flat Major, WoO 47 no. 1 (1782-83)

    I. Allegro cantabile
    II. Andante
    III. Rondo vivace

    • Grace Yue Yu, piano
  4. Sonata in D Major, Wo0 47 no. 3 (1782-83)

    I. Allegretto
    II. Menuetto: Sostenuto
    III. Scherzando: Allegretto, ma non troppo

    • Rachel Nayeon Gu, piano
  5. Seven variations on "Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen" from Peter Winter's opera Das unterbrochene Opferfest, WoO 75 (1799)

    • Yujin Han, piano
  6. Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109 (1820)

    I. Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo
    II. Prestissimo
    III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung

    • Evren Ozel, piano