Did Beethoven play for Mozart? Did he remove the legs from his fortepiano? Why is Sonata no. 17 called “The Tempest?”
This new exhibit explores different perceptions of Beethoven’s piano music, his relationship with the fortepiano, and how his compositions influenced the development of the instrument. Using a “mythbusting” format, with interactive text displays, the exhibit addresses many legends about the composer and his piano music to clarify events and facts about his creative process and piano compositions. Kiosks equipped with iPads are available for visitors to listen to selected excerpts from Beethoven’s works.
Beethoven at the Keyboard: Instruments and concerts
Fortepiano vs. Piano: What’s the difference? (with display of actual instrument parts and drawings)
Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: Stories behind the titles
Beethoven’s Variations: Where Did THAT Theme Come From?
Capturing Beethoven’s Inspiration in Art
Curators: Patricia Stroh and John Wilson
Assistant Curators: Svetlana Goder and Timothy Neece
Sponsored by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, a San Jose State University Artistic Excellence Programming Grant, and the American Beethoven Society
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