Beethoven Piano Mystique
Exhibit curated by Patricia Stroh and John Wilson
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Beethoven Center, Room 580
Accessible for the disabled
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Exhibition closes June 30, 2018
Did Beethoven play for Mozart? Did he remove the legs from his fortepiano? Why is Sonata no. 17 called "The Tempest?"
This new exhibit explores different perceptions of Beethoven's piano music, his relationship
with the fortepiano, and how his compositions influenced the development of the instrument.
Using a "mythbusting" format, with interactive text displays, the exhibit addresses
many legends about the composer and his piano music to clarify events and facts about
his creative process and piano compositions. Kiosks equipped with iPads are available
for visitors to listen to selected excerpts from Beethoven’s works.
Beethoven at the Keyboard: Instruments and concerts
Fortepiano vs. Piano: What's the difference? (with display of actual instrument parts and drawings)
Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: Stories behind the titles
Beethoven's Variations: Where Did THAT Theme Come From?
Capturing Beethoven's Inspiration in Art
Curators: Patricia Stroh and John Wilson
Assistant Curators: Svetlana Goder and Timothy Neece
Sponsored by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, a San Jose State University Artistic Excellence Programming Grant, and the American Beethoven Society
See also our online exhibits.
Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair
The "Guevara Lock of Beethoven's Hair," which had been on continuous display for twelve years, has been removed from the Center's exhibits for an indefinite period. Please stay tuned for updates on our hair exhibit page.