29.11.2020 to 29.11.2020 | Concert

the non bthvn project - composition 20/25

With its "non bthvn project", KölnMusik has declared the Kölner Philharmonie a Beethoven-free zone: the commissioned composers use as inspiration for their works what Beethoven may never have expressed.


To pay homage to Ludwig van Beethoven in the anniversary year through a large number of compositions is one way to celebrate his 250th birthday. Why not, against all expectations, take a different approach to the proven one? The point of departure is a not insignificant legacy from the great composer's everyday life: when Beethoven was not even 30 years old, the first signs of a hearing problem appeared, which eventually led to the composer's complete deafness. In order not to be cut off from all communication, he created the so-called conversation books, of which up to 400 are said to have accumulated over the years. They contain significant information about the reactions of his environment to what Beethoven said. The more than 130 surviving booklets form the basis of the confrontation of a total of 25 composers with Beethoven. They were commissioned by KölnMusik for the "non bthvn project" to mark the Beethoven Year. This concert features a saxophone concert by Stefan Johannes Hanke.


Kölner Philharmonie
Bischofsgartenstraße 1
50667 Köln

Admission prices

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Ticket information

koelner-philharmonie.de, Philharmonic hotline 0221 280 280
as well as in the advance booking offices KölnMusik Ticket


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