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The Accidental Geographer: A Podcast with Vincent Del Casino, SJSU Provost and Dr. Erica Buurman

Provost of San Jose State University Vincent del Casino speaks with Dr. Erica Buurman, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. Together, they dive into the work of Beethoven and consider the various contributions his symphonies made in the music industry. 

If you think you know all there is to know about Beethoven, think again!

To listen to the podcast, click here.

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Beethoven Beyond Borders: Anniversary Celebrations, Politics, and Global Impact since 1870 new virtual exhibition

See the Beethoven's Center's newest and completely online exhibition which explores Beethoven as a cultural figure not only in today’s global landscape, but also at previous anniversary celebrations since the centenary of his birth in 1870.

To see a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition, click here to watch the walkthrough through YouTube! 

 

 

 

 

 Julian Jacobson

 

 



Beethoven Recital with Julian Jacobson

All-Beethoven piano recital with Julian Jacobson (President, Beethoven Piano Society of Europe), recorded in the UK for the American Beethoven Society.

Program:
Polonaise op. 89
Six Bagatelles op. 126
Sonata op. 53 “Waldstein”

 

Click here to view the video on YouTube!

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Laura Tunbridge talks about her new book, Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces with Erica Buurman

If you missed the Beethoven Center's virtual Zoom event welcoming Laura Tunbridge, author of newly released Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces (Yale University Press) there is no need to fret. We have uploaded the event onto our YouTube channel!

Click here to see the recording!

 

COVID-19 Update

Due to Covid-19, most of the Beethoven Center’s services have moved online. 

Visit our Hours and Location page here to learn more.

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Sparkling Musicale

Did you miss the American Beethoven Society’s 14th Annual Sparkling Musicale Virtual event? Well no fear, you can still hear this recital for a $10 fee at the link below:

Click here to purchase the on-demand video

 Beethoven Conversation #5

Beethoven Conversations, no. 5.

The second movement of Beethoven’s Quartet op. 132 includes four bars in duple meter marked “l’istesso tempo.” The original second violinist, Karl Holz, indicated a metronome mark for this passage that is different from how modern quartets perform it. What do you think?. What did Beethoven Beethoven actually mean?

Check out the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10lj5HikBoc

Beethoven Ball

Postponed - Beethoven Ball

We’ve taken the sad but inevitable decision to postpone our September Beethoven Ball until 2021. 

Beethoven Conversation 4

Beethoven Conversations, no. 4

Ed Dusinberre shares some of his insights into how the Takács Quartet makes interpretative decisions about Beethoven’s curious performance markings.

Check out the link below:

https://youtu.be/sLKhXO0cnVk

 Beethoven Conversation 3

Beethoven Conversations, no. 3

Beethoven Conversations, no. 3.

Was Beethoven making a joke about bad waltzing in the second movement of his String Quartet op. 132?

Check out the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9CDZ0pDtc

Beethoven conversations, number 2

Beethoven Conversations, no. 2

Beethoven Conversations, no. 2. Hurdy gurdy supplied by the Beethoven Center's own Eric Gjovaag.

Check out the link below:

https://youtu.be/nGF-Wyk6tWg

Erica Buurman (Beethoven Center, San Jose), Edward Dusinberre (Takács Quartet) and Nicholas Mathew (UC Berkeley)

Beethoven Conversations, no. 1


Our chamber music symposium was postponed due to COVID-19, but even a pandemic can’t stop us talking about Beethoven online. Our director Erica Buurman chats to Ed Dusinberre (Takács Quartet) and Nick Mathew (UC Berkeley) about Austrian folk fiddling and the Alla danza tedesca from Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 130.
Look out for more in the coming weeks!

Check out the link below:

https://youtu.be/KAtv5zb1Sek

Beethoven composing

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