A Musical Odyssey: The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Monday, September 9, 2019, 1:00 pm to Monday, May 11, 2020, 1:00 pm
Photo of Roger Woodward in front of piano
Professor Roger Woodward celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday by performing the composer’s complete cycle of 32 piano sonatas, spread over 15 free performances between September and May. Free.
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Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
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School of Music
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School of Music
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Roger Woodward

Woodward’s third U.K. performance of the complete Beethoven Sonatas at the South Bank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall London, attracted high critical acclaim: “Woodward’s virtuosity served the highest artistic ends – exalted, even sublime in character” (The Guardian). Woodward has recorded more than 100 albums and videos of concertos, chamber and contemporary music and performed in 45 countries on five continents.

Woodward, named a “living national treasure” by the National Trust of Australia, has recorded more than 100 albums and videos of concertos, chamber and contemporary music and performed in 45 countries covering five continents. He joined SF State in 2002.

Woodward dedicates his performances as a personal homage to the great pianist and teacher William Corbett-Jones, SF State professor from 1967 to 2011.

Program

September 9

  • Sonata No. 1, in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1793 – 1795)
  • Sonata No. 2, in A major, Op. 2, No. 2 (1794 – 1795)

September 23

  • Sonata No. 3, in C major, Op. 2, No. 3 (1794 – 1795)
  • Sonata No. 20, in G major, Op. 49, No. 2 (1795 – 1796 – 1805)
  • Sonata No. 19, in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1 (1795 – 1796 – 1805)

October 7

  • Grand Sonata No. 4, in E flat major, Op. 7 (Verliebte) (1796)
  • Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (1796 – 1798)

October 21

  • Sonata No. 6, in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1798 – 1799)
  • Sonata No. 7, in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1798)

November 4

  • Grand Sonata No. 8, in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) (1798)
  • Sonata No. 9, in E major, Op. 14, No. 1 (1798 – 1799)
  • Sonata No. 10, in G major, Op. 14, No. 2 (1798 – 1799)

November 18

  • Sonata No. 11, in B flat major, Op. 22 (1800)
  • Sonata No. 12, in A flat major, Op. 26 (Funeral March) (1800 – 1801)

December 2

  • Sonata quasi una fantasia, No. 13, in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1 (1800 – 1801)
  • Sonata quasi una fantasia, No. 14, in C sharp minor (Moonlight) Op. 27, No. 2 (1801)

February 3

  • Sonata No. 15, in D major, Op. 28 (Pastorale) (1801)
  • Sonata No. 17, in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 (Tempest) (1801 – 1802)

February 17

  • Sonata No. 16, in G major, Op. 31, No. 1 (1801 – 1803)
  • Sonata No. 18, in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3 (1802) (La chasse)

March 2

  • Sonata No. 21, in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein) (1803 – 1804)
  • Sonata No. 22, in F major, Op. 54 (1804)

March 16

  • Sonata No. 23, in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) (1804 – 1805)
  • Sonata No. 24, in F sharp major, Op. 78 (1809)
  • Sonata No. 25, in G major, Op. 79 (1809)

April 6

  • Sonata No. 26, in E flat major, Op. 81a (Das Lebewohl) (1809 – 1810)
  • Sonata No. 27, in E minor, Op. 90 (1814)

April 20

  • Sonata No. 28, in A major, Op. 101 (1816)
  • Sonata No. 30, in E major, Op. 109 (1820)

May 4

  • Robert Greenberg Tempus Fugit (2008)
  • Grand Sonata No. 29, in B flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier) (1817 – 1818)

May 11

  • Sonata No. 31, in A flat major, Op. 110 (1821 – 1822)
  • Sonata No. 32, in C minor, Op. 111 (1821 – 1822)

Photo by Boris Eldagsen