Beethoven and Pianos: Off the Beaten Path

What were the ideas and practices that informed the keyboard culture of Beethoven’s day? And how might we go beyond them today, revisiting questions of time and place, politics and aesthetics, performance and ideology?

Beethoven and Pianos: Off the Beaten Path is a series of online events throughout Fall 2020 that celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary by taking two complimentary paths: in one direction, exploring lesser-known pianos (and represented in the CCHK collection) that shaped Beethoven’s aural and kinetic memory and that are the focus of cutting-edge research today; in the other, listening to contemporary responses to this monumental historical figure and his music.

For a full schedule, notes, essays, and recordings of events, please visit the series's companion webpage.

Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities, the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Cornell Department of Music.


Tom Beghin and Cornell students and faculty discuss Beghin's Beethoven Érard project

Ji-Young Kim Plays Beethoven's Bagatelles Op. 126

Ji-Young Kim Plays Beethoven's Bagatelles Op. 126

Nicholas Mathew in Conversation with Annette Richards

Malcolm Bilson: The Pattern-Prelude Tradition of J. S. Bach and the Silbermann Piano as Precursors to Beethoven's "Moonlight"