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NCH Chamber Music Series 2019/2020

Beethoven - his predecessors & successors

OCtober - March 2019

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Series curated by Hugh Tinney

Beethoven arrives on the planet at the end of the 18th century like some sort of new archetypal human, a towering Ozymandias whose works seem Promethean and inimitable. Only a handful of names from any artistic field in history appear to bear comparison with him for the way that he wrested an entire art-form into his own image for a time, to the degree that his greatest successors were forced either to struggle with his overpowering shadow, or to dismiss him as an aberration as both Chopin and Debussy did to some degree. Yet he also represents an apex and linking-point between the dying Classical paradigm in music and the start of the Romantic revolution that would dominate much of the 19th
century’s musical output and thought.

This series counterpoints mature works of his predecessors and successors with significant works of his own - not typical works, mind, because there are no typical works of Beethoven, such was his wide range! Although he was an exceptional original, he was acutely aware of, and valued highly, predecessors such as C.P.E. Bach, Haydn (one of Beethoven’s composition teachers), Mozart and the long-lived Clementi. Equally, the next generation’s great Germanic creative talents including Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Brahms - some of whom were also great pianists as Mozart, Clementi and Beethoven himself had been - each had to confront Beethoven’s powerful influence in the course of forging their own style.

Hugh Tinney

John Finucane

Matthew Manning, oboe
John Finucane, clarinet
John Hearne, bassoon
Cormac Ó hAodáin, horn
Hugh Tinney, piano

Thursday 24th October, 8pm

C.P.E. Bach Sonata in C minor H. 121
Mozart Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Mozart Quintet in E-flat K. 452
C.P.E. Bach Sonata in F-sharp minor H. 37
Beethoven Quintet in E-flat Op. 16


Fionnuala Moynihan, piano

Wednesday 13th november, 7.30pm

Clementi Sonata in C Op. 39 No. 1
Haydn Sonata in E minor Hob. 34
Haydn Sonata in C Hob. 48
Clementi Sonata in G minor Op. 34 No. 2
Beethoven Sonata in D Op. 28 “Pastoral”

Fionnuala Moynihan

Christopher Marwood

Michael D’Arcy, violin
Christopher Marwood, cello
Hugh Tinney, piano

THursday 28th November, 7.30pm

Mozart Trio in B-flat K. 502
Haydn Trio in G Hob .25 “Gypsy Rondo”
Beethoven Trio in B-flat major Op. 97 “Archduke”


Mairéad Hickey, violin
Christopher Marwood, cello
Hugh Tinney, piano

Thursday 13th February, 7.30pm

Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor K 304
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major Op. 69
Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat major Op. 99 D 898

Mairead Hickey
Hugh Tinney

Hugh Tinney piano

Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm

Haydn Sonata in C minor Hob. 20
Beethoven Sonata in E-flat Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
Schumann Drei Fantasiestücke Op. 111
Schubert Sonata in C minor D 958


Academy Chamber Ensemble CANCELLED

Thursday 26th March, 6pm

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor Op. 17
Brahms Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
in A Op. 100
Beethoven Septet in E-flat Op. 20

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland.

Please note this event takes place in the Shaw Room in the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square