BEETHOVEN VARIATIONS: MUSIC, POEMS, LIFE
Thursday, March 31, 7.30PM Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd St, New York
Ruth Padel - Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life Poetry reading by the author
Beethoven - String Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
This unique concert features Ruth Padel’s biographical poetry about Beethoven alongside performances of two of the composer’s string quartets. The first of these – the impetuous, impassioned and brilliant Op. 18 No. 1 – was written in around 1800 when Beethoven was thirty, while the second – the sublime Op. 132 – was finished in 1825, only two years before he died. How did this lonely, haunted man distill his extraordinary life journey into the quartet form, one full of conversation, human togetherness, social harmony, and integration? How did he move from the Classical balance of the six Op. 18 works to the dark, haunting beauty of Op. 132, with its contemplative central Molto adagio? Ruth Padel, an award-winning British poet and scholar, has created a lyrical journey through Beethoven’s life, family, feelings and music. She will read a selection of poems that illuminate the life and thought behind the two quartets performed by the extraordinary Quatuor Danel.
Venue: Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd St
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