Sparkill Concert Series Presents: Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Sun, March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$25 Online // $40 at Door
All Beethoven solo piano program celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Vassily Primakov, Oxana Mikhailoff, Emily Hazim.
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. From his early years in Bonn, Germany to his legendary achievements in Vienna, Austria, the musical center of 19th century Europe, Beethoven left an indelible mark that forever changed the landscape of classical music.
This concert will present Beethoven Piano Sonatas, illuminated by insightful commentaries by PhD Candidate, Columbia University, Mike Ford.
Beethoven was a revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time. He created a body of music the likes of which no one had ever before imagined. A virtuoso at the keyboard, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory, and the piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most important, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art.
Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas provide a window into his personal musical development, and show the concept of the piano as an instrument and the piano sonata as a genre undergoing an extraordinary evolution. Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas include some of his most popular works as well as some of his most experimental.
This concert will present sonatas from different periods giving the audience the opportunity to witness the evolution of Beethoven’s style. Sonatas No. 8 “Pathetique”, No. 10 and No.26 will be performed by Oxana Mikhailoff. Sonatas No. 21 “Waldstein” and No. 32 will be played by Vassily Primakov. Guest artist , high school student Emily Hazim will open the concert with first movement of Sonata No.17.