Faculty Piano Recital: "The Final Trinity" of Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Wilson Concert Hall

Timothy Gaylard, pianist

The final three piano sonatas of Beethoven, Opp. 109, 110 and 111, have an iconic status for pianists and historians.  They represent the climax and fruition of Beethoven’s  life-long obsession with the sonata as a genre.  They also hold his most expressive and intimate emotions, from the familiarly angry and passionate to the ethereal and timeless.  As both a pianist and historian, Professor Timothy Gaylard spent his final sabbatical this past winter term immersing himself in these complicated and fascinating works.  He read as much as he could about their genesis, he analyzed them as compositions, and he listened to countless recordings and watched many videos of different performances by the greatest pianists of the past hundred years.  But, most importantly, he practiced and worked on them in preparation for this concert, an experience that he is looking forward to sharing with an audience.

No tickets required.