Thursday 4 June 2020 4:45PM
Cancelled: Introduction to... Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
In response to advice from Public Health England, Wigmore Hall will be closed from Tuesday 17 March. This event has therefore been cancelled.
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.