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Monday, November 8, 3:30-6:30PM

Boston University School of Music Concert Hall
A symposium on Beethoven’s instruments, his influences, his performances, his music
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The Participants (in alphabetical order)

Tom Beghin, Associate Professor, McGill University, Senior Researcher, the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium

Sylvia Berry, Independent Scholar, Boston, Clavichord, Harpsichord, Fortepiano

David Breitman, Associate Professor of Historical Performance, Oberlin College, Fortepiano, Piano

Kenneth Drake, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Co-founder, OMF Music Resources, Fortepiano, Piano

Jun-Hee Han, Co-founder, OMF Music Resources

Bobby Giglio, Assistant Curator, Musical Instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Richard Kramer, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Robert Levin, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, Harvard University, Piano, Fortepiano, Conductor

Ann Schaefer, Piano Instructor, The University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Peter Sykes, Associate Professor of Music, Boston University, Clavichord, Harpsichord, Organ, and Fortepiano

Yiheng Yang, Juilliard School of Music, Clavichord, Harpsichord, Fortepiano, and Piano


The Instruments

Clavichord, Silbermann, 1775 (Mable, 2004)

Clavichord, Christoph Gottlob Hofmann, 1794 (Chickering, 1908)

Fortepiano, Johann Koennicke, Vienna, 1790 (Smith, 1976)

Fortepiano, Anton Walter, 1795 (Maene, 1995)

Fortepiano, Broadwood, 1796 (“Manuel de Godoy”)

Fortepiano, Peter Fritz, 1815


The Program

SESSION I: 3:30-6:30 pm

Jeremy Yudkin, Introduction

Lewis Lockwood, Greeting

Richard Kramer, “Beethoven’s Inner Clavichord”

Peter Sykes, clavichord, lecture/demonstration, Beethoven’s Op. 10, No. 3, second movement (“Largo e mesto”)

Sylvia Berry and Bobby Giglio, instruments from the Museum of Fine Arts, talk and  video

David Breitman, “A Well-Tempered Beethoven”

Tom Beghin, documentary film extracts, “Beethoven’s French Piano,” followed by virtual appearance

Kenneth Drake and Jun-Hee Han, video of Broadwood action and excerpts from Op. 31/2 and 110


SESSION II: 8-10 pm

Yiheng Yang, clavichord, Haydn, Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 48, L. 58

Sylvia Berry, fortepiano (Walter), lecture/demonstration

Ann Schaefer, “Pedaling in Beethoven’s Music”

Robert Levin, Lecture/Demonstration, “Improvisation in Beethoven’s Piano Music”

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