This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere
An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.
Music for the Future: The Beethoven Cycle - Part VIII: Op. 59 No. 3
Sun, June 26, 2022 7:00 PM, EDT
NOTE: PLEASE JOIN US RIGHT AT 4PM PT/7PM ET FOR OUR PRECONCERT ZOOM WITH THE ARTISTS: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2020743980?pwd=NlNYeFdBWmw4S2JGSER1UCtVemVGZz09
THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 4:15PM PT/7:15PM ET.
PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US is proud to present the eighth of a 16-part digital concert series based on the college-accredited, Beethoven-inspired music composition course being created for incarcerated students. This course, named MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE, is an expansion of our previous 5-day intensive workshops which PMHU teaching artists have given in state and federal prisons for the past five years.
For the eighth installment of this Groupmuse Centerstage series, you will have the opportunity to take part in the ongoing creation of this exciting new digital composition course, experiencing all sixteen of Beethoven's String Quartets in a new and up-close way, and learn how our students compose using the same tools Beethoven used. We hope you'll join us to take a deep dive into the beauty, inspiration, pain, and redemption that are contained within Beethoven's music, while learning how to craft original works through breaking down Beethoven's compositional process.
In this week's episode we will tackle the third of Beethoven’s Razumovsky quartets, in C major. This term, “C major”, is what musicians call “the key of the piece”. Every composition that was written during the two hundred years around Beethoven’s lifetime is composed in a certain “key”, indicating particular hierarchies and relationships between notes. Even non-musicians subconsciously hear and look for those relationships (which are also evident in nowadays’ popular music) so a key has an important role in making the music intelligible for us. The key is usually made clear by the music right from the start so as to orient our ears and musical senses but shockingly, the opening of this week’s quartet simply avoids it altogether. It is like being immediately thrown into an absolutely dark abyss. We will explore this most unusual beginning and see how one can proceed from there. We will also find some interesting connections to Mozart and look at other aspects of Beethoven’s most diversely colored string quartet up to that point.
The full MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE course will launch in Fall 2022 led by PMHU's lead teaching artist and course developer Brad Balliett.
Project: Music Heals Us
The Dover Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op 59 No. 3