Public Lecture Demonstration: Beethoven and his Sketchbook
Part of Beethoven: Innovator - a 250th celebration
An informal lecture and music demonstration led by Jonathan Dawe, composer and Robert Taub, pianist.
Even though Beethoven changed his place of residence twenty-four times after his initial move to Vienna (not counting the thirty-nine different summer residences he occupied), most of the original pages of sketches that he carried with him to Vienna in 1792 were within his reach when he died. Many of these sketches have survived; we can view them today.
Beethoven often composed multiple works simultaneously. He used sketchbooks, both desk sketchbooks and pocket sketchbooks, to keep track of his ideas and to work on them frequently over a period of years. These sketchbooks - meant for his own eyes only - along with his autograph scores (copies of works in his own musical hand that he sent to publishers) provide insight into his creative processes. What were Beethoven’s primary creative motivations? How did a work evolve in structure and form? What changes did he make along the way? How did he advance the state of the art? And what can we bring to performing, sharing, and understanding these works by learning more about how and why Beethoven wrote them?
In this public Lecture Demonstration, composer Jonathan Dawe and pianist Robert Taub will discuss and illustrate ways in which Beethoven created his music by highlighting and playing specific Beethoven sketches and areas of creative evolution within his autograph scores, with a focus upon specific musical implications for us as interpreters and listeners. In addition, Jonathan will discuss his composition for String Quartet that will be performed in our concluding concert on 2 October, a new work that draws from Beethoven’s own sketches for his String Quartet Op.135.
19:30 - 20:45
University of Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
Thu 30 Sep 2021