MUSICIANS of the WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY in CHAMBER CONCERT!
Beethoven’s “Pastoral Sextet”
December 16, 2020
Live Streamed from the Moravian Music Foundation
We may not know Beethoven’s exact birthdate, but we know that it was mid-December in 1770. In honor of the great composer’s 250th birthday and the community-wide BTHVN Rocks Winston-Salem collaboration, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Moravian Music Foundation are coming together for this special performance. The Moravian Music Foundation has a rare 1st edition of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in its archives; this concert will feature a string sextet arrangement of this beautiful work.
This concert celebrates first editions of Beethoven’s Music in the Salem Collegium Musicum Collection,
at the Moravian Archives,
in the holdings of the Moravian Music Foundation.
BTHVN Rocks WS is a city-wide collaboration of arts organizations to showcase the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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The Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) will host a live-streamed chamber music concert featuring Beethoven’s music. On Dec. 16, musicians from the Winston-Salem Symphony will perform a string sextet arrangement of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in F Major “Pastoral” (op. 68, 1808). The arrangement is by Michael Gotthard Fischer, a contemporary of Beethoven.
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In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Moravian Music Foundation Research Librarian, David Blum, made some fascinating discoveries of several first editions of Beethoven’s music in the Moravian archive collections in both Winston-Salem and Bethlehem, PA!
The first such realization was a first edition of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (known as the “Pastoral Symphony”) in an 1809 edition by Breitkopf & Härtel (Leipzig) based on printing plate numbers found on the publication.
Since that first realization, David has examined other Beethoven scores to find that the Moravian Music Foundation holds as many as five first editions: the 8th (1817) and 9th (1826) Symphonies, “Weihe des Hauses” (The Consecration of the House Overture, 1825), and the overture now known as the Leonora #3 (1810).
David Levy with Dave Blum