Week 7 – Beethoven’s Blog

Posted on August 12, 2021
​Beethoven’s Biography In 1802, Beethoven was acutely and depressingly aware of his failing hearing. As you will read in the link below, one of his doctors recommended that he go to one of the Vienna suburbs for the summer to get away from the noise of the city. They thought that perhaps that would be ... READ MORE

Week 3 – Beethoven’s Blog

Posted on August 3, 2021
The string quartet was a very important medium for Beethoven, He wrote 16 of them from early in his career in Vienna to the very last piece he wrote. Today we will look at the 4th in the set of 6 of Opus 18 (1798-1800). The 4th is in the key of c minor, the only one ... READ MORE

Week 2 – Beethoven’s Blog

Posted on August 3, 2021
The 32 Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven represent one of the most monumental achievements in all of western music. From the humorous to the elegant, from the beautiful to the searingly profound, these sonatas are a remarkable achievement. The Sonata for Piano in c minor “the Pathetique” (1797-98) is one of his most beloved compositions. ... READ MORE

Week 1 – Bob’s Beethoven Blog

Posted on August 3, 2021
In 1791, the 21 year old Ludwig van Beethoven, moved from Bonn to Vienna, the musical capital of Europe, where he lived until his death in 1827. His first work to be published in Vienna was the Opus 1, a set of three piano trios, each with four movements for piano, violin, and cello. Throughout ... READ MORE