First Wednesday

A free public lecture and presentation series

organized by the King Library Special Collections

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

November 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

“Der Jüdische Bub” from Prague:

Ignaz Moscheles and his Encounters with Beethoven

Lecture by Mark Kroll,

Professor Emeritus at Boston University


The figure of Beethoven loomed large throughout Moscheles’ life from the time he was a boy of seven until his final days at the age of seventy-five, long after Beethoven himself had died. Beethoven also seems to have taken a liking to “the Jewish kid,” as he was once called by a member of Beethoven’s circle, and even honored the young prodigy in Vienna with the commission to make the piano arrangement of Fidelio. This lecture will discuss the many other facets of Moscheles’ encounters with Beethoven and his music: as the performer and conductor of his works, several of which he premiered in England; as the editor of his piano sonatas; as the translator into English of Schindler’s biography; and as the friend Beethoven turned to for help during the months preceding his death in 1827.


Mark Kroll has earned worldwide recognition as a harpsichordist, fortepianist, scholar and educator during a career spanning more than forty years. Professor emeritus at Boston University, he is the author of four books: Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe; Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician’s Life and World; Playing the Harpsichord Expressively; and with noted Beethoven scholar Lewis Lockwood, The Beethoven Violin Sonatas. Kroll has published scholarly editions of the music of Hummel, Geminiani, Charles Avison and Francesco Scarlatti, and he is currently preparing the volume of Geminiani’s opus 4 sonatas and concertos for the Opera Omnia of the composer’s works, and an edition of Hummel’s Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, op. 104 for Bärenreiter.