Music Forum: Beethoven and his sketchbooks an informal lecture and music demonstration with Dr Robert Taub and composer Jonathan Dawe
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In this special celebratory Music Forum, Dr Robert Taub, pianist and Music Director at The Arts Institute, and composer Jonathan Dawe will share how Beethoven created his music through the discussion and performance of some of his sketches. 

What were Beethoven’s primary creative motivations? How did his work evolve in structure and form? What changes did he make along the way? How did he advance the state of the art? And what can learning about his works today bring to today’s performers? 

Despite Beethoven occupying more than 24 places of residence, most of the original pages of sketches he carried with him to Vienna in 1792 were within his reach the day he died. Many of these sketches have survived the centuries, and reveal a greater understanding into his creative evolution for audiences today. 

This insightful musical evening will highlight areas of creative progression within Beethoven’s autograph scores, with a focus upon specific musical implications for us as interpreters and listeners. In addition, Jonathan will discuss his new composition for string quartet that will be performed in the concluding concert of Beethoven: Innovator - a 250th celebration, a work that draws from Beethoven’s own sketches for his String Quartet Op.135

As part of this evening you are also invited to participate in a live Q&A session with the speakers. 

Tickets to experience this event online via YouTube live-stream are now available.

We look forward to welcoming live audiences once again to our concerts, and will continue to assess the possibility of safe in-person attendance in line with COVID-19 government guidelines, for the festival.

Date:  4 March 2021
Time: 19:30-20:30
Free to access online – Book your place. 

Once you have booked your place you will receive a link to access this event online, please join via the link provided 5 minutes before the event begins. 

If you have any queries or require any additional information about attending this online event please do not hesitate to contact The Arts Institute team.

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This Music Forum is the first of three events, comprising the Beethoven: Innovator festival, 4–6 March 2021.

Join us for an inspiring three-day festival exploring some of Beethoven's most innovative works with host Dr Robert Taub, Music Director, The Arts Institute.

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