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Beethoven Sonatas

NUI Galway Emily Anderson Annual Memorial Concert
Aula Maxima, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway 8pm
Friday 20 February

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €10 Book here

BEETHOVEN Sonata Op. 31 no. 1 in G major
BEETHOVEN Sonata Op. 31 no. 2 in D minor “Tempest”
BEETHOVEN Sonata Op. 31 no. 3 in E flat major “Hunt”

“…his innate direction of unity and contrast involves us in the mystery of the works of Beethoven – Guy is the music and above the music” - Le Monde

A man that enjoys the enviable reputation of being one of the finest interpreters of Beethoven’s music, French pianist François-Frédéric Guy is coming to the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway on Friday, February 20th at 8.00pm to perform three of the composer’s finest sonatas. This is the Emily Anderson Annual Memorial Concert, which is presented jointly by NUI Galway and Music for Galway to honour the memory of this remarkable Galway woman and scholar, who as daughter of the then President of the University grew up in the very walls in which many of the Music for Galway concerts are held. She is remembered today for collecting, translating and editing the full correspondence of both Mozart and Beethoven, thus providing English-speaking music-lovers, musicologists and musicians with an invaluable insight into the minds of these two composers.

The programme is made up of three sonatas, which comprise Beethoven’s Op. 31. They are remarkable in that one can clearly hear how, at the time of composing these pieces, he tried to break away from classical conventions and establish his own individual voice. Each one is totally different, from the charm and playfulness of the first to the tempestuous outbursts of the second and the pastoral strains of the third.

François-Frédéric Guy is regarded as one of the most fascinating pianists of his generation. He has performed worldwide with many important orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony, to name just a few and he has collaborated with world renowned conductors. In recital he has performed in the major concert halls in cities including London, Milan, Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Vienna and Washington. In 2008 Guy embarked on a major Beethoven project that has included recording and performing in concert all 32 Beethoven sonatas and the five piano concertos.

 In October 2013 a box set featuring the live recording of the complete 32 sonatas was released by the French label Zig-Zag Territoires. Zig-Zag has also released a highly acclaimed Liszt album, containing the “Harmonies Poétiques et Réligieuse”s and the Sonata in B minor. His previous recordings for Naïve Classique have included music of Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev. For Chandos he will record an album together with the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

An evening of magnificent music-making awaits.

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €10 Book here 




The Lavender Cello
Look out for our giant lavender cello , nicknamed the “Neachtivarius”, commissioned by Tigh Neachtain, crafted by Tommy Lennon.. .this will stand outside Neachtain’s for the entire week of the season launch and wil reappear at various times throughout the season.

Music for Galway is sponsored by the Arts Council and Galway City Council, and also thanks its many partners, corporate sponsors, Diamond Patrons and other Patrons and Friends.

Music for Galway
St. Mary's College
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Phone: 00353 91 705962
Email: info@musicforgalway.ie


FF Guy

The Neachtivarius outside Tigh Neachtains as seen from Artisan Restaurant

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