Beethoven in Love (exhibition)

A free major exhibit of
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies,
San José State University

Open now through September 10

“Beethoven in Love” explores the continuing mystery over the identity of Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved and his some of his most important relationships with other women and male friends and acquaintances who enriched his life and assisted with his creative endeavors. The theme of love is also explored in his songs, the Ninth Symphony, and Fidelio.

Visitors will see enlarged reproductions of each of the 10 pages of Beethoven’s famous letter to his “Immortal Beloved” along with an English translation marked with clues to her identity.

Also on display are beautiful portraits of the three main candidates and many of Beethoven’s other close friends, accompanied by short stories about their connections to the composer. Rare engravings and color maps help visitors trace Beethoven’s journey in a postal carriage to Teplitz, the Bohemian spa where he wrote the Immortal Beloved letter.

Visitors are invited to cast their ballots at the Immortal Beloved Voting Booth and receive a free “Beethoven in Love” souvenir button.

Fifth Floor
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando
San Jose CA 95112
FREE
Through September 10, 2016

11- 6 Monday-Thursday
11-5 Friday
1-5 Saturday

CFP: Sixth International New Beethoven Research Conference: Revised deadline for submission

Conference dates: November 2–3, 2016
Venue: AMS/SMT Vancouver
Revised submission deadline: 15 July 2016

The Sixth International New Beethoven Research Conference (NBR 6) will take place Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday morning, November 3, in Vancouver, prior to the meeting of the American Musicological Society / Society for Music Theory. We are seeking proposals concerning any new work on Beethoven. We also anticipate a joint session with the Haydn Society of North America and invite proposals for this session linking the two composers. Presenters who did not give papers last year at NBR 5 will be given preference. Talks accepted for the AMS/SMT conference itself may not also be read at this year’s NBR.

Scholars, including musicologists, theorists, and performers, are invited to submit proposals (one per author) for individual papers, lecture/demonstrations, or lecture/performances. Papers and presentations should not exceed 30 minutes. Additionally, ten minutes will be allotted for discussion.

1) Paper proposals: submit abstract (350-400 words) and institutional affiliation or status as independent scholar. Proposals should articulate the most important aspects of the research, discuss the relationship of the new work to previous scholarship, and describe the significance and potential future usefulness of the findings.

2) Lecture/demonstrations: submit abstract (limit 400 words), institutional affiliation / status as independent scholar/performer(s), recording of proposed demonstration, and technical requirements.

3) Lecture/performances: submit abstract (limit 400 words), title, institutional affiliation / status as independent scholar, length, and program notes.

For all proposals, please indicate keyboard and technical requirements.

Submit abstracts as an attachment in Word or PDF to Joanna Biermann: jbiermann – at – ua.edu.

This conference is sponsored by the University of Alabama, the American Beethoven Society, Wake Forest University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany. Organizers: Joanna Biermann (UA), David Levy (WFU), William Kinderman (UI), William Meredith (American Beethoven Society and San José State University), and Julia Ronge (Beethoven-Haus Bonn).

Il “mito Beethoven” alla Philharmonie de Paris

LUDWIG VAN

Le mythe Beethoven

Dal 14 ottobre 2016 al 29 gennaio 2017

Beethoven, tre sillabe che designano molto più che un oggetto di studio storico o musicologico. In esse si sono cristallizzate suggestioni e proiezioni: una musica eroica per eccellenza, una vita tragica, una sordità affascinante, un volto che non si scorda facilmente…

Il compositore, più di ogni altro, da più di due secoli stimola un immaginario letterario, visivo e musicale di prodigiosa ricchezza. Da Gustav Klimt a Joseph Beuys, da Romain Rolland a Milan Kundera, da Franz Liszt a Pierre Henry, da Jean-Michel Basquiat fino a Stanley Kubrick, l’aura beethoveniana ossessiona gli artisti di latitudini, lingue e culture diverse.

Una grande mostra alla Philharmonie de Paris, curata da  Colin Lemoine e Marie-Pauline Martin, indagherà la dimensione mitica di Beethoven e la costruzione del genio.

 

In memoriam Sieghard Brandenburg (1938-2015)

Il 18 dicembre 2015, il giorno dopo il battesimo di Beethoven!, a Galmsbüll vicino a Flensburg, ci ha lasciati uno dei più grandi studiosi beethoveniani dei nostri tempi: Sieghard Brandenburg.

Tra i suoi contributi più notevoli la nuova edizione (dopo quella di Emily Anderson, I.L.T.E. Torino 1968) dell’epistolario beethoveniano, G. Henle Verlag, una pietra miliare della ricerca, tradotta in italiano da Luigi Della Croce e pubblicata da Skira – Accademia di Santa Cecilia. obituary

Sieghard Brandenburg è stato direttore del Beethoven-Haus dal 1984 al 2003. Ha curato la nuova edizione completa delle opere di Beethoven. Senza le sue ricerche, non sarebbero potuti esistere moltissimi libri oggi in circolazione su Beethoven.

Avevo avuto modo di conoscerlo personalmente, grazie a Barry Cooper, alla prima conferenza internazionale beethoveniana che si tenne a Manchester, nel 2012.

Non dimenticherò mai la gentilezza e la profonda umiltà di quel grande studioso.

È una grossa perdita per tutta la comunità scientifica e per gli studiosi beethoveniani in particolare.

A sinistra Sieghard Brandenburg, a destra Barry Cooper. Manchester 2012