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The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies



COVID-19 Update

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

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Beethoven @250

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:

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 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?

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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.

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 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?

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Beethoven conversations, number 2

Beethoven Conversations, no. 2

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

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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!

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 Beethoven@250 logo


Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020

Major events are in the works to celebrate the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most valued and gifted composers in human history.

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The Beethovens on the Rhine: Exploring Beethoven's Love of Nature Exhibition - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The exhibition will be extended when library reopens.

January 21 - extended indefinitely

Learn about the Beethoven family in Bonn and the natural world of Beethoven's childhood home.

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Beethoven composing

New library catalog launched!

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Beethoven portrait

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