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Quarter Millennial – Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

Sonata No.29 in B-flat Major Op.106

Sigal Music Museum and pianist, Zachary Hughes have come together to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s work has withstood the test of time and echoes of his famous hooks are heard in contemporary music spanning across genres. To celebrate what would have been his 250th birthday, Sigal Music Museum is presenting a virtual concert series featuring a young Beethoven enthusiast, Zachary Hughes. Classically trained at The Juilliard School, Zachary Hughes will perform Beethoven’s 32 Sonatas over the course of 32 weeks from the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina. The series will highlight modern instruments made by Steinway and Feurich, as well as historical instruments made by Stein, Broadwood, and Walter – located at Sigal Music Museum and other venues in Greenville.

EARLY SONATAS

Beethoven’s early piano sonatas were influenced by, but very different from, those by Haydn and Mozart and we can already hear the beginning of ideas that would be developed in Beethoven’s middle and late periods.

Early Sonatas

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor on Stein

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor on Steinway

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major (“Grand Sonata”)

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor (“Pathétique”)

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major (Also arranged for String Quartet in F major (H 34) in 1801)

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major (“Funeral March”)

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major ‘Sonata quasi una fantasia’

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor ‘Sonata quasi una fantasia’ (“Moonlight”)

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major (“Pastoral”)

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major

MIDDLE SONATAS

Beethoven’s middle period sonatas show the rise of Romanticism.

Middle Sonatas

Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor (“Tempest”)

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major (“The Hunt”)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”)

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor (“Appassionata”)

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major (“A Thérèse”)

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major (“Cuckoo”)

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major (“Les adieux/Das Lebewohl”)

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor

LATE SONATAS

Beethoven’s late period sonatas were mostly experimental in tonality, texture and form.

Late Sonatas

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major (1816)

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major (“Hammerklavier”) (1818)

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major (1820)

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major (1821)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor (1822)

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