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The Complete Beethoven Sonatas
October 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 26, 2020
A new sonata every week from June 14 – December 27, 2020!
Valley of the Moon Music Festival Music Director Eric Zivian has taken up the challenge of learning all 32 Beethoven sonatas for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, a time-consuming project he can finally take on while sheltered in place. As a feat of endurance, it’s a challenge not unlike hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the player and listener to explore the full range of Beethoven’s style, and the emotion, humor, and spirituality of these treasures.
Over the course of the cycle, Zivian will use two different Viennese fortepianos corresponding with the changing sound world during Beethoven’s lifetime, from a smaller, more percussive Poletti (copy of Dulcken, 1795) for the earlier sonatas, to an original 1841 Rausch for the later sonatas.
The 32 sonatas will be presented throughout the 2020 calendar year. Every Saturday a new installment will be broadcast on KSVY 91.3 FM radio and Sonoma Valley Television, SVTV 27. For one week following the televised broadcasts the performances will also be available for streaming on demand free of charge at: https://valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org/beethoven-sonatas/