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PianoTexas 2011 - Beethoven Discussed

Choir Room

General Admission: $10

Students (with valid ID): $5

 

 

Nelita True

Nelita True

"Which Will Be My First Beethoven Sonata?"

 

Tuesday, June 7 10 a.m. to 12 noon

 

 

We all know that Beethoven was teaching during his early years in Vienna. Of all composers, his compositions are a direct result of his life experiences. Did he compose works for some of his students and are they motivated by pedagogical ideas? Nelita True, distinguished teacher, will be illustrating her ideas with movements from Op. 10, No. 2; Op. 14, No.1; and Op. 79. This presentation is designed to encourage students to explore Beethoven's world with an emphasis on specific ideas that separate him from other composers. True's presentation will approach these issues from a pedagogical point of view - "will that work"? Although especially geared for teachers, this lecture will be of interest to anyone willing to see the music of Beethoven in a new light.

 

 

 


 

Malcolm Bilson

Malcolm Bilson

"Beethoven Piano Works on our present day pianos

- How Much of What He Asks For is Possible?"

 

Thursday, June 9 10 a.m. to 12 noon

 


Our modern piano is just about as far away as a piano can get from the fortepiano Beethoven knew and for which he composed. Can our present instrument, long assumed to be superior to Beethoven's, do full justice to his keyboard works? Our guest artist, Malcolm Bilson, has spent a lifetime researching and performing with this question in mind. His conclusion is that a great deal of what Beethoven conceived can be realized on pianos that were manufactured after 1860 - but not everything! The best expressive possibilities of the modern piano lead pianists to very different expressive conclusions than do the fortepiano of Beethoven's day. Bilson will demonstrate with many examples from various musical periods.


 

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Yoheved Kaplinsky

"The Piano Concerti of Beethoven: Conversations and Confrontations Between Piano and Orchestra"

 

Sunday, June 12 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Part of PianoTexas' 30th anniversary celebrations is the concerto competition and performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra of Beethoven's piano concerti. The day after the competition, Yoheved Kaplinsky will reflect on the competitors' performances. Her discussion will be centered on the art of concerto performance utilizing Beethoven's works in this genre. How to prepare, how to avoid problems not only in the solo part but also considering the ensemble, and how to make sure that the solo and the orchestral accompaniment is balanced. Performing with orchestra is an important aspect of any concert career, and Beethoven's works are essential part of this repertoire. Dr. Kaplinsky's wide experience will enable us to gain an invaluable insight into this special world which is so important for performers and teachers alike.

 

 

 

 

 

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