The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven—a composer whose music changed history, and influences and inspires musicians worldwide to this day.
Pianos have changed dramatically since Beethoven’s time. Mills College presents a recital of his piano music, played on a rare piano built in Beethoven’s Vienna during his lifetime. This magnificent instrument reveals the music’s brilliance, exuberance and wit, and brings to life the extraordinary colors and effects that dazzled Beethoven’s first audiences.
Brian Connelly's program includes:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Twenty-four Variations on a Theme by Righini, WoO 65 (c1791)
Five Variations on ‘Rule Britannia’, WoO 79 (1803)
Sonata #18, in E-flat, Op. 31 #3 (1802)
Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso
Presto con fuoco
Andante in F (‘Andante favori’), WoO 57 (1803)
Sonata #21, in C, ‘Waldstein’, Op. 53 (1804)
Allegro con brio
Introduzione: Adagio molto—
Rondo: Allegretto moderato