April 2, 2018 – June 30, 2018 all-day
King Library
5th Floor, SJSU, One Washington Square, San Jose
CA 95192
Beethoven Center

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.

Themes include:

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

Also visit our online exhibits!

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