Beethoven – from Improvisations to the Pen is a two concert mini series that explores Beethoven’s profoundly human and personal process of creating some of the greatest music on our planet.
7:30 PM both nights – Bronxville Womens Club, Bronxville, NY
A few words from Shem: In the last years I have been performing and teaching the early chamber music of Beethoven – Op. 1 Piano Trios written when he was about 23 years old, and the Op. 9 String Trios written when he was about 27. Musical elements kept leaping out of the score at me that seemed so clearly the starting points of an improviser – who then wrote them down with his pen and expanded them into formal compositions.
I did some research and found that he indeed had been making his way in Vienna as a pianist, extemporizing for audiences on his own themes or the themes of others and creating a profound emotional impact on his listeners. And, his competitors were stealing his ideas and presenting them as his own. So he felt compelled to publish even though still formally a composition student of Haydn.