Near the end of his life, Beethoven composed some of his most personal and original music. The Grosse Fuge (or “Great Fugue”), originally planned as the final movement to his opus 130 string quartet, was an almost-crazy experiment in dissonance and disruption by the now-completely-deaf composer. Called “repellent” and “incomprehensible” by his peers, the Grosse Fuge was considered by Stravinsky to be “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.”
Join Benjamin Simon as he leads members of the award-winning youth orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO), in a performance of the fugue, preceded by an introductory talk on Beethoven and his musical development. Stephen Malinowski’s brilliant music animation machine graphics will be shown during the performance, adding a visual layer to your listening experience that will let you actually see the musical patterns of this complex work as they unfold in real time.
Music Director, San Francisco and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestras
Ben Simon is a violist and music educator. He has performed with numerous symphony and chamber orchestras around the world, and was a member of the Stanford String Quartet. Simon has also organized popular celebrations of Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bernstein.
Free and open to the public.