Thursday 4 June 2020 4:45PM

Introduction to... Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Course dates

Thursday 4 June
Thursday 11 June
Thursday 18 June
Thursday 25 June

All dates 4.45pm – 6.00pm


Ticket bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per ticket.

Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas have been referred to as ‘The New Testament’ of music; Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues occupy the other space. A chronological exposure to these pieces takes the listener from the almost outrageously assertive and experimental early works (including the well-known ‘Pathétique’) through the expansive middle period (‘Waldstein’ and ‘Appassionata’) to the transcendental explorations of the ‘Hammerklavier’ and the last three sonatas. In his final sonata Op. 111, and especially in its second movement, Beethoven takes music to a place unvisited by any other musician. In this series, Roy Stratford will give an overview of the whole of this extraordinarily diverse series of works, perhaps the most significant body of music written for a single instrument.

  • Our Beethoven Celebration has been made possible thanks to a lead gift from André and Rosalie Hoffmann, the Foyle Foundation, and additional support from the Beethoven Circle

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