An anniversary exhibition "The Versatility of Beethoven's Genius" dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the German composer will be on show in the Music and Audiovisual Documents Reading Room (room 305) from December 8 to February 16.
There is hardly a person today who has not heard of Beethoven. A great composer, conductor and pianist, Beethoven (1770–1827) is a key figure in Western classical music.
Beethoven's music is a complex synthesis of the artistic search of the Viennese classics, the art of the French Revolution, and romanticism that emerged in the 20s of the 19th century. At the same time, the composer's work is so individual and multifaceted that no stylistic categories are able to cover all of its diversity. Throughout his entire career, Beethoven continuously expanded the expressive boundaries of his art, constantly leaving behind not only his predecessors and contemporaries but also his own achievements of an earlier period.
The composer wrote in almost all musical genres that existed in his time. Beethoven's pieces are characterized by clarity and rationality of thinking, monumentality and harmony of form, and an excellent balance between the parts of the whole. His oeuvre is characterized by philosophical depth, democratic orientation and daring innovation.
The exhibition introduces the musical editions of Beethoven's pieces, including numerous sonatas, concerts, quartets, symphonies, "Missa solemnis", opera "Fidelio", ballet "The Creatures of Prometheus", vocal cycle "To a Distant Beloved" and others.
The audio documents give an opportunity to listen to such famous pieces as Sonata No. 8 for piano, Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano, Symphony No. 5, Concerto for violin and orchestra, "Egmont Overture", "To Elise" Bagatelle and many others.
Books and articles from periodicals about the life and work of the composer complement the exhibition.
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