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Beethoven the Virtuoso – Illustrated Lecture with David Owen Norris

Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
On Saturday 10 October 2020 at 14:00
David Owen NorrisPiano

Beethoven stormed into Vienna in his early twenties, improvising at the piano in a dazzling new way, effortlessly filling the vacuum left by the death of Mozart. A pianistic rival, Gelinek, exclaimed: ‘Ah, he is no man, he is a devil. He will play all of us to death.’  Beethoven’s pupil, Czerny wrote of him ‘drawing entirely new and daring passages from the piano by the use of the pedal’. Beethoven’s published compositions showcase his commanding virtuosity in all the latest techniques, like double trills and octave glissandos, but also signal the arrival of a new type of musical mind.

Referencing the music of Katya Apekisheva’s 4pm recital, David Owen Norris explores this phase of Beethoven’s career with the aid of an 1802 Schantz Grand Pianoforte, with its light Viennese action, knee-lever controls, and the typical dry sound of buckskin hammers.

This event is part of the London Piano Festival at Kings Place.

© Simon Weir
© Simon Weir
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