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This groupmuse happened on Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 PM PST.

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A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.

"Beethoven's last words": the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

"Beethoven's last words": the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

South of Market, San Francisco

Sat, January 11, 2020 7:30 PM, PST

81 of 200 spots still available
No COVID-19 restrictions
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
No bathroom at this event
ADA access
Kid-friendly event


Beethoven was completely deaf by the age of 46, but kept composing until he died, at age 57. The String Quartet No. 16 was the last major work he completed. Even if he hadn't been deaf, he wouldn't have heard it performed -- it wasn't premiered until 1828, one year after his death.
Under the introductory slow chords in the last movement Beethoven wrote in the manuscript "Muß es sein?" (Must it be?) to which he responds, with the faster main theme of the movement, "Es muß sein!" (It must be!).


Beethoven (age 25), Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 1
Beethoven (age 55), Six Bagatelles for solo piano, Op. 126
Beethoven (age 56), String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 -- the last major work that Beethoveen completed
Mozart (age 26), Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414


Trinity Alps Chamber Players

What's the music?

Charles Akert Cello
James Keene Violin
Stephen Fine
Ellen McGehee

Six Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 126

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135


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Ian S., almost 4 years ago

Thank you to EVERYONE for being a part of the action on Monument last night!
If anyone hasn't yet made a contribution, or wants to contribute MORE, all of the proceeds go directly to the musicians and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival (an official "good cause"!)
You can still make a contribution online at
If you want to be on the email list, and hear about all of the various programs and concerts that we do, feel free to reach out directly. I'm at [email protected].


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