26.09.2019 | Concert

The "Moonlight Sonata"

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano


Olivier Messiaen

Excerpts from »Catalogue d‘oiseaux« for piano (1956–58)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata no. 14 in C-sharp minor,, op. 27/2 ‘Moonlight’ Sonata) (1801)

György Ligeti

Excerpts from »Musica Ricercata« für Klavier (1951–53)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Six Bagatelles for piano, op. 126

Pierre Boulez

»Douze Notations« für Klavier (1945)

We all believe we know Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata”, yet not even its name stems from the composer; it originates from the poet Ludwig Rellstab, who felt transported to a landscape experience by moonlight on Lake Lucerne by the sonata – five years after Beethoven's death. The “Sonata Quasi una Fantasia” seems to float in mid-air in the first movement only to plunge all the more heavily to earth in the finale. Pierre-Laurent Aimard combines it with works by leading 20th-century composers known to him in person. He studied in Paris under Yvonne Loriod, wife of Olivier Messiaen, who ushered him into the spiritual universe of said composer-ornithologist. He was a founding member of Pierre Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain and maintained a decades-long friendship with György Ligeti, who composed many works especially for him. The Board of Trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation called Aimard a “key figure in the music of our time” when awarding him its “Nobel Prize in Music” in 2017

Concert introduction at 7:00 pm



World Conference Center Bonn
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2
53113 Bonn

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€ 43 | 32 | 25

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