Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Part 1 From Apprenticeship to Mastery : Sonatas 1 – 21
Part 2 Into the Unknown : Sonatas 22 – 32

Rosemary Broadbent

Of all Beethoven’s works, the piano sonatas cover the longest period of his development as a composer, and were his most personal statements. His first published sonatas already test the boundaries of the style as he inherited it, and they subsequently chart his constant experimentation with structure and musical expression. In his centenary year, study and discussion of the sonatas give us a very accessible way to understand Beethoven’s adventure and his genius.

Course materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring any Beethoven piano sonata scores they may have available.

Recommended reading:
Maynard Solomon (revised edition 2001) Beethoven  – a recent, general biography
Barry Cooper (2017) The Creation of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas –  on the process of composition
Charles Rosen (2002) Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: a short companiona performer’s insights
Maynard Solomon (2004) Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imaginationuseful background for Part 2

Day: Part 1: Friday 14 February                  Time: 11am – 4pm
Part 2: Friday 13 March                       Time: 11am – 4pm
The two days are linked, but each day school can be attended individually.

Quaker Meeting House, 2 Cooper Street, Heaviley
Stockport SKI 3DW (postal) / SK1 3QL (sat-nav)

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£32 per day £60 for 2 days 6 25

Please send your MANCENT booking form with accompanying payment to the address below. If you prefer to pay through BACS, please contact the lecturer for further particulars.
Contact details: Rosemary Broadbent
26 Bowden Lane, Marple, Stockport SK6 6ND
Tel: 07801-491031


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