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The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies


7th Symphony score

7th Symphony first edition inscribed by Beethoven to Antonie Brentano (the "Immortal Beloved?")

You did it! Thanks to many generous donors, we raised enough funds to acquire this unique score now on exhibit at the Beethoven Center through Dec. 15, 2018. Press Release (9/24/2018)

It's not too late to donate!
Update on fund-raising

Tamami Honma
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Events Calendar for 2018/2019

Coming soon:

Beethoven's Birthday Bash!

December 15, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Program (2:00-3:00 p.m.): Concert by pianist Tamami Honma, followed by a reception. FREE but must RSVP. King Library, Beethoven Center & Schiro Room 550. Flyer

Major events in the works to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020.

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Beethoven walking

Current exhibit:

"Beethoven Loves the Brentanos."
October 8 - December 15, 2018

An exploration of Beethoven's relationship with Antonie Brentano and her family, featuring the newly-aquired 7th Symphony score inscribed to Antonie by Beethoven

Beethoven composing

New library catalog launched!

Find out about changes to the Beethoven Gateway

Beethoven portrait

See what's new in the Beethoven Center's

Image Database

We need your help in building our digital collections, to make our unique materials freely available online! Please download our brochure or donate online.

Erica Buurman 

New Beethoven Center Director announced

It is with much excitement and great pleasure that the School of Music and Dance and the College of Humanities and the Arts introduce the new Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University:  Dr. Erica Buurman. Dr. Buurman comes to us from England, where she is currently Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.She received a Diploma in Violin from the Royal Northern College of Music; and a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and PhD in Musicology from the University of Manchester. She has published articles on Beethoven’s sketches in his multi-movement works; a second area of research examines music for social dancing in early 19th century, particularly in Vienna and London.

Currently on a 16-month fellowship from Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr. Buurman will join ​SJSU ​officially in January 2019.


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