I've been thinking that it would be great to use 2020, Beethoven's 250th, as a chance to get to know the composer and his music better. I'm completing a degree that leaves me very little time for other music (Lied/ vocal accompaniment) and will be working on my graduation project, so this might all be too ambitious, but I still want to join the celebrations actively and to put a conscious effort into having more Beethoven in my life this year. Let's share our Beethoven goals for 2020! What Beethoven works would you like to play or get to know better? Any Beethoven projects in mind for 2020- performances, festivals, competitions, challenges, concerts you want to see live?
I got to take part in the project Beethoven bei uns
, which included two days of house concerts all over Germany in December, and it made me think how wonderful it would be to do more such small-scale, interactive concerts in intimate settings, at homes and for local communities. I definitely plan to organize something similar at home in the summer- a concert, lecture, lecture-recital or a music salon around Beethoven and his music.
Some other goals:
1) Sight-read one Beethoven work every week, including, with other people, 4- and 8- hand arrangements of the symphonies and overtures (I really wish we could hold local PW meetings where we could do this. Even in a music school it is often hard to find people who want to do this regularly).
2) Study four more of the nine symphonies by the end of the year
3) Finish reading Rosen's the Classical Style (I've put it off and paused it so many times)
4) Learn and perform at least one complete chamber work (thoughts: cello sonata no.3 or 4, a trio, Quintet in E flat)
5) Write one Beethoven-related article for the local cultural website
Do share yours!