NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 17, 2020
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Concerts from the Library of Congress has developed a series of ear-opening encounters with all nine symphonies, presented in solo, duo and chamber versions. Due to the pandemic we have decided to offer our Beethoven programming virtually, so you can expect to see a constellation of online content built around the cynosure of Beethoven’s music, from performances and lectures to conversations and essays.
Explore Beethoven in the Library's collection with our new resource:
Beethoven: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress
Join us for our Fall/Winter Beethovents, brought to you in large part through the generosity of our donors, and keep an eye out for additional content:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 at 8PM
Highlights include a performances of the Quartet in A minor, op. 132, and a book talk on “Beethoven for a Later Age” by Edward Dusinberre, violinist and author.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020 at 8PM
Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 (arr. flute, piano trio by Hummel) and Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92 (arr. wind nonet by Sedlak).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020 at 8PM
The program features a selection from Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92: II (anon. arr. string quintet); Symphony no. 8 in F major, op. 93 (anon. arr. string quintet); Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130; and, Grosse Fuge, op. 133.
“Expression Marks in Beethoven’s Hand: Discovering New Layers in op. 130 and the Grosse Fuge”
Lecture by Nicholas Kitchen, violinist
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 at 8PM
Symphony no. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60 (arr. piano duo by Scharwenka)
Symphony no. 6 in F major, op. 68 (arr. piano duo by Czerny)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER, 11, 2020 at 8PM
Sonata in B-flat major, “Hammerklavier,” op. 106
Sonata in B-flat major, “Hammerklavier,” op. 106 (arr. string quartet by Plylar)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 at 8PM
Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 (arr. two pianos by Liszt)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 at 8PM
Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)
Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)
Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 (arr. solo piano by Liszt)
Be sure to check this page for additional content, including conversations with the artists, program notes, links to Library resources and more!