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Ludwig Reflected #2

Beethoven 250

Guest Speaker Suzanne Purdy
Violin Diane Huh
Cello Ta Hee Kim
Piano Modi Deng  

Chris Gendall New work in response to Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.70 No.2
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.70 No.2

This free event features a new, specially commissioned Beethoven-inspired work performed alongside a known work, and the chance to delve deeper into the fascinating life and times of Beethoven.

The infinitely lyrical violin and cello, versus the more mechanical piano: a combination of opposites? Beethoven thought not, saying ‘One can also sing with the pianoforte’. New Zealand composer Chris Gendall has long experience writing for piano trio, and his new piece will be the perfect foil to Beethoven’s.

Suzanne Purdy will investigate Beethoven’s progressive hearing loss in relation to his music, how he transitioned from a hearing person to a hearing-impaired person trying to access sound through various means, and the act of composing music in a late phase of deafness. What if cochlear implant technology had been around in Beethoven’s time?

To wrap up the concert you will hear two movements from Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.70 No.2 performed by the talented APO Young Achievers.

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