Beethoven: The First Song Cycle and a Late Piano Sonata - 92Y, New York

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Beethoven: The First Song Cycle and a Late Piano Sonata

Louis Rosen

Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte from 1816 is considered the first song cycle composed by a major composer, and paves the way for the extraordinary Schubert song cycles that will soon follow.

This lecture explores the nature of this new form, the song cycle, and the singing character of Beethoven’s late work, which is also on display in the exquisite Piano Sonata, No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, composed half a decade later.

Corresponding Concert: Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 8 pm, Jeremy Denk, piano


Louis Rosen

Composer, lyricist, author, performer, teacher—Louis Rosen has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Music for over 30 years.

Albums of Louis’ songs and compositions include Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues (The Langston Hughes Songs, 2016); Time Was (2013); The Ache of Possibility (2009); One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (2008); South Side Stories (2006); and the upcoming Fall 2017 release of Dust to Dus ...

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