Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas are central to his creative oeuvre. Even when his deafness prevented him from playing publicly, Beethoven continued to compose Piano Sonatas to continually express his most experimental elements of musical expression, thereby challenging musical perception and creating new standards.
This programme featured three pivotal works, performed by Dr Robert Taub, celebrated pianist and Music Director, The Arts Institute:
Piano Sonata Op.2 no.1
Beethoven’s first Piano Sonata, an adventurous musical statement that announces his presence in the musical Pantheon.
Piano Sonata Op.53 ‘Waldstein’
An extraordinarily virtuosic piece, the first piano work that Beethoven composed following his moving admission, at age 32, of the onset of deafness.
Piano Sonata Op.111
The very last Sonata, a transcendent work in which the musical element of time seemingly folds back upon itself.
“These are works that I have lived with for many years, always striving to bring out the newness – the often revolutionary qualities – of this music. I am particularly pleased to be bringing these extraordinary Piano Sonatas now to our Beethoven: Innovator celebration.” Dr Robert Taub.
Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth
Date: Friday 1 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:00