Beethoven 250: Cyber Sonatas

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Two and a half centuries ago, one of the most significant and impactful musicians ever to have lived was born. Ludwig van Beethoven changed music forever, influencing every note that followed.

His 32 piano sonatas have been described as the ‘New Testament’ of piano music and represent one of the most important and diverse collections of music for a single instrument over composed. Many of the world’s leading pianists have performed or recorded the complete cycle, and now Aberdeen Performing Arts is giving you the chance to contribute latest and most innovative collection of these seminal works.

You don’t need to be a world class concert pianist (although we’d love to hear from some of those!) and it doesn’t need to be a professional polished performance. We want to demonstrate the passion and joy which these majestic pieces evoke in musicians of all ages, abilities and experiences.

"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable” 
Ludwig van Beethoven

We invite all pianists anywhere to film themselves performing a movement of any of the 32 sonatas and send it to us to upload to the Beethoven 250: Cyber Sonatas channel on YouTube.* By the date of his 250th birthday on 16 December 2020 we hope to have collected at least one performance of each sonata movement.

Videos should be emailed to [email protected].

View our Beethoven 250: Cyber Sonatas playlist on YouTube by clicking here.


*By sending in your video, you are consenting to Aberdeen Performing Arts using it on our website and social media.