Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

In-Person Event | Beethoven In Search of Creation
February 5, 2023 7 – 9 p.m. 2/5/2023 7:00 PM 2/5/2023 9:00 PM
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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is a series of groundbreaking performances created under the artistic direction of Seth Knopp, a founding member of the Peabody Trio and Artistic Director of Yellow Barn.

PROGRAM
Sunday, February 5

A pre-concert conversation at 6.15pm with artistic director Seth Knopp will introduce the program. Following the program, visitors are welcome to experience Beethoven Walks, an installation of sound in the Nasher’s outdoor terraced gardens.

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant Beloved), Opus 98 

Sonata in A-flat Major, Opus 110

Intermission 

String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132  / Parker Quartet 

 On January 25th, 1815, Beethoven played the piano for the last time in public. His hearing now severely deteriorating and increasingly cut off from customary human interaction, what follows is one of history’s most prolific periods of towering artistic achievement, a decade often reverentially referred to as “Late Beethoven”.

Extraordinarily, Beethoven left behind a vast visual record of his compositional process. The hundreds of surviving sketches and autograph manuscripts from the final decade of his life are staggering reflections of the profound humanity that defines Beethoven’s later works.

Soundings presents three works of “Late Beethoven”, his song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Piano Sonata Opus 110, and String Quartet Opus 132, illuminated by sketches and manuscripts culled from those that Beethoven made while composing them.

Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is made possible by generous support from Kay and Elliot Cattarulla. Additional support is provided by Sally Warren and Jeff Jackson, The Rea Charitable Trust, and Paul Hunter (in memoriam) and Kathleen Cook-Hunter.


Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.242.5100
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