Presentation Title

Beethoven's Piano Concerto for Violin and Orchestra? An examination of the stylistic influences behind Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Op. 61

Presenter Status

Undergraduate student, Department of Music

Presentation Type

Lecture Recital

Session

Music Performance

Location

Howard Performing Arts Center

Start Date

6-5-2016 4:35 PM

End Date

6-5-2016 5:05 PM

Presentation Abstract

Beethoven's only violin concerto, despite its initially tepid reception, has become a staple of the violin repertoire. Most stylistic analyses suggest that Beethoven primarily drew inspiration from the French violin concerto tradition, as exemplified by the works of Viotti, Rode, and Kreutzer. Yet Beethoven's own piano concertos offer another, largely overlooked, source of stylistic influence. This presentation highlights some of the compositional similarities between Beethoven's violin concerto and his piano concertos, and combines these insights with those of the widely accepted French influence to develop a broad stylistic understanding applicable to the performance of this much beloved work.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Clark began violin at the age of 7 in New Hampshire, and went on to study at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston under Magdalena Richter and Jin Kyung Joen. He is currently a student of Carla Trynchuk at Andrews University, as a recipient of the Dare to Dream Scholarship.

He has appeared with the New England Conservatory Baroque String Orchestra, the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, and has toured nationally and internationally as guest soloist with the Canadian University College Chamber Orchestra, as well as the New England Youth Ensemble. He has performed in master classes and workshops with renowned musicians including Ayako Yonetani, lyndon Taylor, Kurt Sassmannshaus, the Borromeo String Quartet, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto for Violin and Orchestra? An examination of the stylistic influences behind Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Op. 61

Howard Performing Arts Center

Beethoven's only violin concerto, despite its initially tepid reception, has become a staple of the violin repertoire. Most stylistic analyses suggest that Beethoven primarily drew inspiration from the French violin concerto tradition, as exemplified by the works of Viotti, Rode, and Kreutzer. Yet Beethoven's own piano concertos offer another, largely overlooked, source of stylistic influence. This presentation highlights some of the compositional similarities between Beethoven's violin concerto and his piano concertos, and combines these insights with those of the widely accepted French influence to develop a broad stylistic understanding applicable to the performance of this much beloved work.