Beethoven's Complete Works for Piano: Williams Hall

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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 and “Für Elise” 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 Beethoven 2020 project is dedicated 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 NEC faculty since 1967,

Spring 2020: 

Mon, Feb 10 | Jordan Hall
Thu, Feb 20| Jordan Hall
Tue, Feb 25 | Williams Hall
Wed, Mar 3 | Williams Hall
Tue, Mar 4| Williams Hall
Tue, Mar 10| Williams Hall

Fall 2020:

Seven concerts, to be announced. This series ends with a monumental 10-hour tour de force of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed in one day.


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  1. February 25

    WoO 77: Six easy variations on an original theme for piano, Caleb Barnes
    Opus 81a: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major ("Das Lebewohl") (1810), Cong Bi
    Opus 129: Rondo a capriccio in G Major ("Rage over a lost penny") (1795), Lee Dionne
    WoO 78: Seven variations for piano on "God Save the King", Lee Dionne
    Opus 120: Thirty-three variations on a waltz by Diabelli in C Major (1823), Aristo Sham

  2. March 3

    WoO 54: Lustig-Traurig (Bagatelle) for piano in C Major (1802), Lauren Ding
    Opus 33: Seven Bagatelles (1802), Ssu-Hsuan Li
    Opus 119: Eleven new Bagatelles (1822), Joseph Vasconi
    WoO 53: Allegretto (Bagatelle) for piano in C Minor (1796–97), Adrian Liao
    WoO 56: Allegretto (Bagatelle) for piano in C Major (1803, rev. 1822), Charlotte Min
    WoO 52: Presto (Bagatelle) for piano in C Minor (1795, rev. 1798 and 1822), Charlotte Min
    Opus 126: Six Bagatelles (1823), Alexander Tsereteli
    WoO 59: Poco moto (Bagatelle) in A Minor ("Für Elise") (c. 1810), Dongyan Yang
    WoO 60: Ziemlich lebhaft (Bagatelle) for piano in B-flat Major (1818), Dongyan Yang
    Opus 35: Fifteen variations and a fugue on an original theme in E-flat Major ("Eroica") (1802), Ji Yong Kim

  3. March 4

    Opus 76: Six variations on an original theme (the Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens) in D Major (1809), Yidi Jiao
    Opus 14, No. 1: Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Jingyi Huang
    Opus 14, No. 2: Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Teng Cao
    WoO 71: Twelve variations for piano on the Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet Das Waldmädchen, Zhiqiao Zhang
    WoO 57: Andante favori (1804), Hannah Byun
    Opus 53: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein") (1803), Clayton Stephenson

  4. March 10

    Opus 77: Fantasia in G Minor (1809), Yongqiu Liu
    WoO 66: Thirteen variations for piano on the aria "Es war einmal ein alter Mann" from Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf's opera Das rote Käppchen, Gabrielle Hsu
    Opus 22: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major (1800), Sunmin Kim
    Opus 106: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major ("Hammerklavier") (1818), Ziang Xu

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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...