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“BEETHOVEN’S CELLO”

Beethoven's Complete Works for Cello and Piano

November 12-15, 2020

Please join us for this incredible celebration of the great Ludwig van Beethoven as we near his 250th birthday in December.  Franklin Keel, cello, will join Daniel Weiser, piano/Artistic Director for this amazing three-concert extravaganza showcasing Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, including his five pathbreaking Cello Sonatas along with three different sets of Variations based on themes by both Mozart and Handel.  Beethoven was the first great composer to recognize the possibilities of the cello as a solo instrument rather than merely as an accompanying one.  Over three concerts, we will follow Beethoven from his more youthful classical Variations and early Opus 5 Sonatas that are more driven by the piano to his more heroic and powerful Op. 69 Sonata #3, in which both instruments share more equally in the melodies, and finally to the later Opus 102 Sonatas, where Beethoven begins to break up his melodic lines into smaller motivic fragments that seem to float in an abstract world, forcing the listener to truly focus in order to produce a coherent whole.  The epic fugue that ends the final Sonata is truly Beethoven at his most intellectual, powerful (and slightly insane) musical depth.  This is a chance to hear all of these amazing works performed in only a few days time, an incredible musical journey that we hope you can take with us!  Radhaus Studios, now based out of the White Horse, will provide fantastic audio-visual Livestreams for each show.

All three programs will be Livestreamed from the White Horse in Black Mountain.  A limited amount of people can also join us in person (alcohol is available!).  Seats for those attending are $20 for each program or you can buy the three concert pass for $50.   Click on this link to buy seats: https://whitehorseblackmountain.com/event/white-horse-live-39-beethoven-2/ or call White Horse at 828-669-0816 to reserve seats.

Those who prefer to watch from home can join the White Horse Livestream on each night at the links below.  A “tip jar” will be available during the concert and donations are most gratefully appreciated as they help both AmiciMusic and the White Horse continue to provide live music during these difficult times.  You can also donate directly to AmiciMusic at our website at:  https://amicimusic.org/about/

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Nov

12

Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 @ 7:30pm

White Horse Black Mountain
105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711

Part One of our Beethoven series begins with his first two Sonatas, Op. 5 no. 1 in F Major and Op. 5, no. 2 in G Minor.  They were both written in 1796 soon after Beethoven had arrived in Vienna and begun working with Franz Joseph Haydn.  While he kept many aspects of the classical form advocated by Haydn and Mozart, with its balance and charm, he also began to push the boundaries, adding slow introductions to both first movements that help keep the listener off balance and unsure of what to expect next.  Click on the link below on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 to watch this first program:

https://whitehorseblackmountain.com/event/white-horse-live-38-beethoven-part-1/

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Nov

14

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm

White Horse Black Mountain
105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711

Part Two of our Beethoven series begins with two Variations on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Beethoven had hoped to study with the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but had arrived in Vienna soon after Mozart had died at the early age of 35.   These works stand as his tribute to the composer and reveal a young composer with many fun tricks up his sleeve when dealing with the traditional Theme and Variation form.  This program concludes with Beethoven’s most famous and epic work for cello and piano, the incredible A Major Sonata, Op. 69.  Here, the cello finds equality with the piano and the music becomes a true dialogue and conversation between the instruments.  Click on the link below on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 to watch this second program:

https://whitehorseblackmountain.com/whitehorselive/white-horse-live-player/

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Nov

15

Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 @ 3:00pm

White Horse Black Mountain
105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711

Part Three of our epic journey through all of Beethoven’s canon for cello and piano begins with an early set of Variations he wrote on Handel’s Oratorio, “Judas Maccabeus” and then concludes with his final two Sonatas, Opus 102, no. 1 in C Major and Opus 102, no. 2 in D Major, composed in 1815.  Both works reveal a newfound freedom of ideas and a sense that Beethoven was inventing forms and structures that forced the audience to become truly immersed in the music.  The final fugue of the last Sonata is considered among Beethoven’s great achievements, prefiguring the epic fugues of his Hammerklavier Sonata and the final string quartets in its power and complexity.  Click on the link below on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 to watch this final program (though it says Nov. 14 now, it will change after that concert is passed):

https://whitehorseblackmountain.com/whitehorselive/white-horse-live-player/