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Beethoven Snapshots: Welcome Week 2020

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Beethoven Snapshots: Welcome Week 2020

Join us for this special, virtual collaboration between new and returning music performers and music creators at Royal Holloway, as we kickstart the academic year with our digital world premiere on a theme of Beethoven's Piano Concertos.

On December 16, 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven popped into the world, no doubt humming the first few bars of his 9 Variations on a March. This makes 2020 the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, and for the first time, the Department of Music is launching a special opportunity for new and returning students to collaborate on a unique project to commemorate this milestone and the new academic year: to record and respond to Beethoven's pioneering Piano Concertos with brand-new work. 

Hailed as the cornerstone of the piano concerto, Ludwig van Beethoven's five piano concertos are heralded as the first steps from the old and into the new, from stately classicism to the impassioned revolutionary he is pictured as being, and opening a new dawn of musical dialogue with the world around him. What better music to bring our new and returning students together and create something new?

Throughout the summer of 2020, we are encouraging all students, new and current, to join us and record pre-selected excerpts from Beethoven's five piano concertos. These recorded excerpts will be taken by a team of selected music creators (composers and sound artists) to create a series of Beethoven Snapshots, for a world premiere on 26 September 2020, as part of Welcome Week 2020 at Royal Holloway University of London. 

During COVID-19

In response to the current global situation, this project will take place online: Project curators, Rebecca Miller and Dr Tom Parkinson will lead the project by video conferencing, and recordings, sketches and sound ideas will be shared digitally. 

Owing to the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, we and the participating performers and music creators will be required to take a flexible, innovative approach to process and delivery. The full schedule and deadline overview will be shared with participants as soon as our call for participants closes. 

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