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2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year #2928140 12/30/19 04:09 AM
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Dear all,

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!





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Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2928146 12/30/19 05:07 AM
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We're having a 250th birthday online recital, April 2020, in the themed recital sub-forum. All are welcome to participate. You can read about it here.

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Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2928149 12/30/19 05:15 AM
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I'm hoping to play Op.81a later this year in a competition.

Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2928156 12/30/19 05:56 AM
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I mean next year, 2020! eek

Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2928274 12/30/19 01:18 PM
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I'm planning to continue getting more familiar with all of Beethoven's piano sonatas by listening to recordings by many different performers as well as the Coursera talks by Jonathan Biss and those at Wigmore Hall by Andras Schiff. All reward repeat listenings. And I will get my fingers wet by dipping into slow movements of some sonatas, or even just fragments of them, at my own piano: it's a thrill!


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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
I'm planning to continue getting more familiar with all of Beethoven's piano sonatas by listening to recordings by many different performers as well as the Coursera talks by Jonathan Biss and those at Wigmore Hall by Andras Schiff. All reward repeat listenings.


Jonathan Biss's lectures are treasures! Enjoy it so much.


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Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2928324 12/30/19 03:37 PM
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Interesting idea. So, can anyone offer suggestions for interesting pieces by Beethoven that are on the easier side (grade 1-3).

I had a quick look through some of the ABRSM syllabus lists and found a grade1 german dance and grade 2 "Fly Nel cor piu" (youtube) that I've added to my growing list to learn in early 2020 smile


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Originally Posted by Gary001
Interesting idea. So, can anyone offer suggestions for interesting pieces by Beethoven that are on the easier side (grade 1-3).

I had a quick look through some of the ABRSM syllabus lists and found a grade1 german dance and grade 2 "Fly Nel cor piu" (youtube) that I've added to my growing list to learn in early 2020 smile



Pianosyllabus.com allows a search by composer and Grade there are more Grade 1 .

http://pianosyllabus.com/default.php

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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
I'm planning to continue getting more familiar with all of Beethoven's piano sonatas by listening to recordings by many different performers as well as the Coursera talks by Jonathan Biss and those at Wigmore Hall by Andras Schiff. All reward repeat listenings. And I will get my fingers wet by dipping into slow movements of some sonatas, or even just fragments of them, at my own piano: it's a thrill!

I’ve been thinking about the slower mvmt of Pathetique and the 2nd mvmt of Moonlight to compliment the first.


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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
I'm planning to continue getting more familiar with all of Beethoven's piano sonatas by listening to recordings by many different performers as well as the Coursera talks by Jonathan Biss and those at Wigmore Hall by Andras Schiff. All reward repeat listenings. And I will get my fingers wet by dipping into slow movements of some sonatas, or even just fragments of them, at my own piano: it's a thrill!


Just keep in mind that the slow movements of some of Beethoven's sonatas have much faster figurations than some of the fast movements.


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I think I should play my first Beethoven piece this year! I'm ready :-) ... I think...

I want to try a few of the Diabelli Variations.

Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Gary001] #2928819 12/31/19 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Gary001
Interesting idea. So, can anyone offer suggestions for interesting pieces by Beethoven that are on the easier side (grade 1-3).

I had a quick look through some of the ABRSM syllabus lists and found a grade1 german dance and grade 2 "Fly Nel cor piu" (youtube) that I've added to my growing list to learn in early 2020 smile


Aside from the ubiquitous "Für Elise", the first Beethoven pieces I remember tackling as a kid were the early Op. 49 sonatas and the Op. 51 no. 1 Rondo. These are somewhat more in the Haydn-Mozart style but you can definitely feel the Beethoven style and personality taking shape.

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After listening to Igor Levit's wonderful set of the 32, am inspired to learn one of the early/middle sonatas.
Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Opus 22. Not as well known as the others, but very satisfying to play.
Levit will be playing this sonata later this year in live recitals across the U.S., coupled with the "Hammerklavier".

May also relearn/revisit Opus 81a "Les Adiuex".


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Re: 2020 Resolutions: Beethoven Year [Re: Rania] #2933567 01/14/20 04:13 AM
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Later in the year I plan to revisit the Diabelli Variations, which I learned in 2012, but not very well. I'm also thinking of working on the Waldstein, which I last played in 1992. eek

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Hoping to begin learning Beethoven's own transcription of the Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 - aka, the Piano Concerto "No. 6" in D, Op. 61a.


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I'm finally going to learn the Eroica variations (can't remember the opus number..34 or 35, I think). They pretty much capture the essence of Beethoven's personality, and show a humorous and playful side of him that he didn't show very often in his middle period.

I'm also going to learn three sonatas this year instead of just two. Probably the op 22 and op 78.

2020 is going to be a good year!

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My 2020 wish is to listen to all Beethoven's solo piano works on CD with my child, who (luckily) also enjoys classical piano works.


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