Concerto del October 28, 2016

Curiosities

 

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE BEETHOVEN-HAUS?

The Beethoven Haus is the most important museum complex dedicated to Beethoven and located in Bonn, in the house where the composer was born.
The items kept at the museum, full of original as well as digital, virtual and audiovisual materials, include the first drafts of the fifth concerto, contained in a notebook named “Grasnick 3.” The museum’s website has a very interesting animated educational section for children.
The original manuscript is kept in the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin.  

 

CARL AND LUDWIG

Maybe not everyone knows that Carl Czerny, now famous for his books on technique and piano studies, was a student of Beethoven. A brilliant pianist from a young age, he was the first to perform Beethoven’s fifth concerto in Vienna in February 1812.

 

BEETHOVEN AND THE CINEMA

You can hear parts of Beethoven’s fifth concerto for piano and orchestra in many films. The most famous include: The King’s Speech (2010) and Dead Poets Society (1989).

 

AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST

From a letter Beethoven wrote to Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig in which he seeks an agreement for the publication of many works, including the fifth concerto for piano

Baden, 21 August 1810

"(…) and then you will immediately see that 250 ducats is a small honorarium. (…) You yourself have given me 50 ducats – Am I supposed to go backwards instead of forwards, while I hope that no one can reproach me similarly for my art – Considering how many florins a ducat is worth for us, there is nothing to be gained. A pair of boots now costs 30 florins, a jacket 160 or even 170 and so on. To hell with the economic system and its consequences for music. – Last year, before the French came, my 4000 florins were worth something, this year they are not even worth 1000 florins in conventional money. The purpose of my life is not, as you may believe, to become an usurer of musical art, one who writes only to get rich. Heaven forbid! But I love an independent life which is impossible with a small capital."

 

THE CURSE OF THE NINTH

Not even Schubert managed to escape the curse of the ninth! The legend alludes to the death of many composers after having composed their ninth symphony. They include: Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Bruckner and Mahler. Schoenberg wrote about Mahler:
“It seems that the Ninth is a limit. He who wants to go beyond it must pass away. It seems as if something might be imparted to us in the Tenth which we ought not yet to know, for which we are not ready (...).” Luckily Shostakovich managed to “debunk” the curse going on to write a good 15 symphonies!

 

THE HOUSE OF SCHUBERT

In Vienna you can visit the houses of the greatest musicians, which are now museums. In addition to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, there is the house in which Schubert was born in 1797, where everyday objects, paintings and manuscripts that belonged to the composer are conserved. There is also the house in which he died in 1828, where some of his personal possessions are kept. Fans of psychoanalysis can also visit Freud’s house-museum in Vienna.

 

SCHUBERT AND BEETHOVEN

Beethoven and Schubert rest nearby: their tombs are just a few steps from each other in Vienna. And they are not alone. Keeping them company are Gluck, Hugo Wolf, Johann Strauss father and son, Lanner, Brahms and Arnold Schönberg.

 

WITH REGARD TO SCHUBERT

Nietzsche: “Out of everyone this Viennese artist had great musical riches. He shared them liberally with a generous heart and for centuries to come musicians will be able to benefit from his thinking and ideas”.

Liszt “Schubert is the most poetic musician there has ever been.”

 

By Giovanni Bietti

Watch the listening guide for the concert of October 28 (in Italian)

Pappanoinweb 2016

Watch the videomessage by Antonio Pappano