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The Beethoven Piano Sonata Marathon

Although there is no official documentation of Beethoven’s birth, it is generally accepted that he was born in Bonn on December 16, 1770–the day before his recorded baptism. As the world celebrates this 250th anniversary, Oberlin presents a unique tribute featuring Conservatory faculty* and alums.

Beginning at 12:01 AM, December 16, join us for a marathon performance of 17 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas preceded by an introduction from Professor Peter Takács.

There is no running involved in this marathon so just pull up a chair and, perhaps, a plate of Beethoven’s favorite dish–reportedly, "Macaroni mit Parmesan-Käse"!

Broadcast available until January 4, 2021 and then available on Oberlin Stage Left On Demand

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Beethoven!
 


Performance Order and Timings

*denotes Oberlin Conservatory faculty
 

Introductory Remarks from Peter Takács  
 

Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1795)
  Allegro
  Adagio
  Menuetto: Allegretto
  Prestissimo

Peter Takács*
 

00:03:46 

Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2 (1795)
  Allegro vivace
  Largo appassionato
  Scherzo: Allegretto
  Rondo: Grazioso

Scott Cuellar '11*

00:20:16

Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7 (1797)
  Allegro molto e con brio
  Largo con gran espressione
  Allegro
  Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso

Haewon Song*
 

00:44:03

Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique” (1799)
  Grave—Allegro di molto e con brio
  Adagio cantabile
  Rondo: Allegro

Peter Takács*
 

01:11:40

Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2 (1799)
  Allegro
  Andante
  Scherzo: Allegro assai

Yury Shadrin '05

01:28:17

Remarks from Peter Takács  
 

Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22 (1800)
  Allegro con brio
  Adagio con molto espressione
  Menuetto
  Rondo: Allegretto

Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang '19
 

01:46:57

Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 (1801)
  Andante con Variazioni
  Scherzo: Allegro molto
  Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un eroe
  Allegro

Spencer Myer '00
 

02:13:16

Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, “Quasi una Fantasia” (1801)
  Andante—Allegro—Andante
  Allegro molto e vivace
  Adagio con espressione—Allegro vivace—Adagio—Presto

David Breitman*
 

02:32:18

Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, “Pastorale” (1801)
  Allegro
  Andante
  Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Michael Bukhman '05

02:47:59

Remarks from Peter Takács
 

Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 (1802)
  Allegro
  Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
  Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso
  Presto con fuoco

Terry Eder Kaufman '79
 

03:12:40

Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” (1804)
  Allegro con brio
 
Introduzione: Adagio molto
  Rondo: Allegretto moderato—Prestissimo 

Tian Lu '06
 

03:38:18

Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54 (1804)
  In tempo d’un menuetto
  Allegretto—Più allegro

Scott Cuellar '11*

 

04:00:54

Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” (1805)
  Allegro assai
  Andante con moto—Allegro ma non troppo

Jingge Yan '10
 

04:15:41

Remarks from Peter Takács
 

Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79 (1809)
  Presto alla tedesca
  Andante
  Vivace

David Breitman*
 

04:41:33

Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux” (1810)
  Das Lebewohl: Adagio—Allegro
  Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
  Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente

Terry Eder Kaufman '79
 

04:51:08

Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier” (1818)
  Allegro
  Scherzo: Assai vivace
  Adagio sostenuto
  Largo—Allegro risoluto

Dongfang Wen '17
 

05:10:12

Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (1821)
  Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
  Allegro molto
  Adagio ma non troppo—Allegro ma non troppo

Spencer Myer '00


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