Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata: Two Visions [CONCERT] Online
Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata: Two Visions
Adam Golka, piano
Verona String Quartet: Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violins, Abigail Rojansky, viola, Jonathan Dormand, cello
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 transcendent masterwork.
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This event is not hosted by the SJR State Library. We are sharing news of this free event because it is related to the curriculum offered at the College and, therefore, may be of interest to our students, faculty, and staff.
- Friday, December 11, 2020
- 8:00pm - 9:00pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
- This is an online event. Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/pg/libraryofcongressperformingarts/videos/