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Film, Video Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata: Two Visions

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Title

  • Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata: Two Visions

Summary

  • Pianist Adam Golka and the Verona Quartet present an intensive focus on Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" sonata: two visions of the work in back-to-back performances, with David Plylar's transcription for string quartet followed by the composer's original version for piano. Reviewing Franz Liszt's 1836 likely premiere of the sonata nearly a decade after Beethoven's death, Hector Berlioz called it "a sublime poem that until this day was but the riddle of the sphinx for nearly all pianists." Massive in scale, extraordinary in concept and design, the sonata still provides formidable challenges not only for players but for listeners, carrying harmonic and formal innovations that remain astonishing for modern audiences. Through the revelatory medium of transcription, refracting musical ideas through a prism of new timbres and techniques, our concert offers an immersive experience of the "Hammerklavier" -- perhaps still a riddle -- and illuminates a transcendant masterwork. Program; Beethoven/Plylar: Sonata in B-flat major, op. 106 ("Hammerklavier," transp. to C major); [0:20] I. Allegro; [12:42] II. Scherzo: Assai vivace; [15:45] III. Adagio sostenuto; [31:50] IV. Largo... Allegro risoluto Beethoven: Sonata in B-flat major, op. 106 ("Hammerklavier"); [44:47] I. Allegro; [56:05] II. Scherzo: Assai vivace; [59:10] III. Adagio sostenuto; [1:16:45] IV. Largo... Allegro risoluto

Names

  • Library of Congress
  • Library of Congress. Music Division, sponsoring body

Created / Published

  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2020-12-11.

Notes

  • -  Group name: (Re)Hearing Beethoven at 250. 18
  • -  Adam Golka, Annie Jacobs-Perkins, Abigail Rojansky, Dorothy Ro, Jonathan Ong.
  • -  Recorded on 2020-12-11.

Medium

  • 1 online resource

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2024697323

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  • video
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Library Of Congress, and Sponsoring Body Library Of Congress. Music Division. Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata: Two Visions. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -12-11, 2020. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2024697323/.

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Library Of Congress & Library Of Congress. Music Division, S. B. (2020) Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata: Two Visions. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -12-11. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2024697323/.

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Library Of Congress, and Sponsoring Body Library Of Congress. Music Division. Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata: Two Visions. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, -12-11, 2020. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2024697323/>.