Saturday Sonatas from Valley of the Moon Music Festival


11am to 12pm
host: Eric Zivian

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    Music Director Eric Zivian has taken up the challenge of learning all 32 Beethoven sonatas for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, a time-consuming project he can finally take on while sheltered in place. As a feat of endurance, it’s a challenge not unlike hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the player and listener to explore the full range of Beethoven’s style, and the emotion, humor, and spirituality of these treasures. Over the course of the cycle, Zivian will use two different Viennese fortepianos corresponding with the changing sound world during Beethoven’s lifetime, from a smaller, more percussive Poletti (copy of Dulcken, 1795) for the earlier sonatas, to an original 1841 Rausch for the later sonatas.