Sunday 15 November 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
A concert drama
Jessica Duchen (author / narrator)
Viv McLean (piano)
After Ludwig van Beethoven's death in 1827, his secretary discovered in his apartment a passionate love letter – returned or unsent – addressed only to his ‘Immortal Beloved'. Countess Therese von Brunsvik faces a dilemma. Everyone wants to know the identity of Beethoven's mysterious love. Therese and her sister Josephine were pupils of the composer from 1799 and became close to him, along with their brother, Franz. Therese, who never married, has told a young writer that she herself is Beethoven's lost love. But is she protecting somebody, concealing a terrible and tragic secret?
Author and presenter Jessica Duchen reimagines the story through Therese's eyes, exploring a mystery that fascinates lovers of Beethoven's music the world over. Award-winning pianist Viv McLean performs extracts from Beethoven's piano works connected with the Brunsvik family. Music and words are closely integrated, building the story together.The concert celebrates the 250 th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020. Jessica's novel, Immortal , on the same subject, is scheduled for publication in October.
Bagatelle Op. 126 No. 3
Piano Sonata Op. 81a, ‘Das Lebewohl', first movement
Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 3, third movement (probably written for Josephine)
Andante favori, extract (written for Josephine)
Piano Sonata Op. 57, ‘Appassionata', first movement (dedicated to Franz)
Piano Sonata Op. 78, first movement (dedicated to Therese)
‘Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder' from An die Ferne Geliebte , transcribed by Franz Liszt
Piano Sonata Op. 110
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