The "Moonlight Sonata"
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
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