Beethoven’s piano sonatas were his laboratory. In them he developed daring new forms and ideas that shaped his later work in symphonies and chamber music. He created new forms and sounds that startled his audiences and have kept listeners mesmerized ever since. This class will survey these visionary works and how they map the development of his unique genius. An elementary ability to read music will be helpful.
Richard Knisely spent 25 years on air as the champion of local musicians at WGBH Radio, Boston. His Classical Performances” program introduced people to music new and old from the concert halls and summer festivals of the New England region. With a master’s degree in piano and composition from Boston University, Richard is strongly committed to helping people appreciate the importance of great music in our culture and our lives.