Valley of the Moon Music Festival Music Director Eric Zivian has taken up the challenge of learning all 32 Beethoven sonatas for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, a time-consuming project he can finally take on while sheltered in place. As a feat of endurance, it’s a challenge not unlike hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the player and listener to explore the full range of Beethoven’s style, and the emotion, humor, and spirituality of these treasures.
Over the course of the cycle, Zivian will use two different Viennese fortepianos corresponding with the changing sound world during Beethoven’s lifetime, from a smaller, more percussive Poletti (copy of Dulcken, 1795) for the earlier sonatas, to an original 1841 Rausch for the later sonatas.
The 32 sonatas will be presented throughout the 2020 calendar year. Every Saturday, from June 13 to December 31, 2020, a new installment will be broadcast on KSVY 91.3 FM radio and Sonoma Valley Television, SVTV 27. For one week following the televised broadcasts the performances will also be available for streaming on demand free of charge at: https://valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org/beethoven- sonatas/.
Donations are gratefully received and a portion will be directed to ViVO Youth Orchestra, an El- Systema inspired program based in Sonoma.