Professor Gustavo Romero, pianist

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, this course will explore and present performances of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas. Beethoven was a revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time. He captured his inner voice – demons and all – and the spirit of his time and in doing so created a body of music the like of which no-one had ever before imagined. A virtuoso at the keyboard, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory and the piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most importantly, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art.



1. Beethoven’s early and middle period piano sonatas: Op. 13, Pathétique, Op. 27. No. 2, Moonlight, Op. 57,Appassionata

2. Beethoven’s early and late period piano sonatas: Op. 14, No. 2, Op. 78, Op. 101, Op. 109



Date: Thursday 23–Friday 24 January
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R360 Staff & Students R180
Tickets at the door Full R180 Staff & Students R90
VENUE: Baxter Theatre Concert Hall