Musik & Theater

Wolfram Berger, Foto Nikolaus Korab

Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven (A pilgrimage to Beethoven) II
Florian Krumpöck in the MuTh

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We enter the contradictory universe of “the Utopian composer”. Florian Krumpöck and Wolfram Berger present a portrait of Beethoven, showing how he lived and how he experienced the world. As Goethe said of him: “His talent astounds me; nevertheless, he unfortunately has an utterly untamed personality, not completely wrong in thinking the world detestable, but hardly making it more pleasant for himself or others by his attitude.” That Beethoven was a musical genius is undisputed. But this “untamed personality” repeatedly forces its way into his ground-breaking compositions, so much so that a contemporary felt compelled to describe his Second Symphony as an “ugly monster” which “thrashes around in a most forgettable fashion”.
For Florian Krumpöck, Beethoven is “the greatest revolutionary in musical history“; a musician who not only defined where the boundaries lay, but then went beyond them. And this holds true at every level: “Not just boundaries of form, harmony and dynamics, but also the boundaries of pianistic possibilities at the time and of contemporary piano construction.” When Krumpöck describes Beethoven as “the Utopian composer”, it is with particular reference to his Ninth Symphony, where “the voice had to be integrated into this form of composition for the very first time, since instruments could no longer provide adequate expression”.

Letters, records and recollections from, to, and regarding Beethoven and his music

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano sonata in F minor, Op 2.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano sonata in A major, Op. 2.2
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano sonata in E flat major, “The Hunt”, Op. 31.3

Tickets: Band A €38/ B €33/ C €28; box seats €48; Children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9