“On Keys and Music”, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations

27 November 2015, 19:30 - 21:30

West Road Concert Hall

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Mitsuko Uchida will be the holder of the Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music with three events during the academic year 2015–16.

"On Keys and Music", Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations

A performance of Beethoven's Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, followed by a lecture in which Mitsuko will explore the genesis of this extraordinary work, and its final links to Beethoven's last piano sonata, op. 111.

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Administrative support: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk 

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music will bring world-renowned performers to Cambridge to share insights into the character as well as the challenges of musical performance, explaining not only their own approach to a range of musical masterpieces but also the consequences for listeners of their interpretative choices. These 'behind the scene' observations will be complemented by actual performances, whether in masterclasses, open rehearsals, lecture-recitals or concerts.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Chamber Music

2014-15: Murray Perahia (pianist)
2013-14: Angela Hewitt (pianist)
2012-13: Robert Levin (pianist and conductor)
2010-11: Alfred Brendel (pianist, music critic, poet and painter)

Standing Committee

John Rink (Music; AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
Nicholas Cook (Music)   
Iain Fenlon (Music)
Martin Ennis (Music)
Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College; Music)    
David Mawson (AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
George Unsworth (West Road Concert Hall)

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