NLCE at 20 / Beethoven at 250

NLCE at 20

2020 is a year of celebration! The NLCE is going to be 20, and Beethoven is going to be 250!

To mark our 20th anniversary in 2020, which is also the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, we are producing a new commissioning and research project where we will look at what Beethoven’s deafness meant to him in his life and work, and explore the experiences of current artists and composers working with hearing loss.

We are working with partners such as Dame Evelyn Glennie and Music and the Deaf in researching the stories of people with hearing loss today, and developing a concert and workshop experience that allows the project to be toured in a way that allows as many people as possible to enjoy and engage with the performances (including people with hearing loss). We are exploring techniques for concerts such as live captioning, BSL-based interpretation of the music, and visual effects, and will be offering bespoke pre-concert workshops by the NLCE and Music and the Deaf; we are applying for funding to provide this enhanced, accessible concert experience. The result will be uplifting, explorative, and engaging; bringing the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries to people who might not otherwise have been able to enjoy it, and bringing Beethoven’s story into the context of the present day through interviews and new commissions.

We are offering new Beethoven-inspired programmes from 2020 onwards, which can include one or more of our newly-commissioned responses to Beethoven’s sketches by various composers including Rachel Stott and Karen Wimhurst. Our new commissions will include works for wind quintet and wind quintet with percussion, to be premiered by the NLCE with Dame Evelyn Glennie. We hope these programme suggestions will give a flavour of what we will be offering; as always, we will be happy to work with you to produce the best programme for your audience.

 

Beethoven-inspired repertoire for wind quintet and piano

Beethoven – Quintet in E Flat op 16 for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon & piano. 25’

Mozart – Quintet in E Flat K 452 for oboe, clarinet, horn. bassoon & piano 25’

Spohr – Quintet for piano and winds (flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano)

 

Beethoven-inspired repertoire for wind quintet and smaller groupings without piano

George Onslow – Wind Quintet in F major, Op 81 (1850) 23’

Francesco Antonio Rosetti – Wind quintet in E Flat B6. (1750-1792) 15’

Anton Reicha – Wind Quintet: (flute, cor anglais, clarinet, horn,bassoon) (1770-1836)

Stamitz – Wind Quartet (oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)

Beethoven – Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major 10’

 

Beethoven repertoire for smaller wind groupings with piano

Beethoven Sonata in F major op 17 for horn and piano. 14’

Beethoven Trio in G major, WOo 37 for flute, basson and piano (1786). 25’

 

New commissions based on Beethoven’s sketches from Rachel Stott, Karen Wimhurst and others, for wind quintet and wind quintet and percussion (c5’ each).