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Beethoven: Sam Rotman

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Although I had played numerous works of Beethoven as a teenager,
I wasn't until I began my studies at the Juilliard School with Jacob
Lateiner,  the renowned pianist and Beethoven scholar, that I began
to realize the  genius and power of his music. The year was 1969 and
I was 18 years old.

The following year the world was to celebrate the Bi-Centennial of
Beethoven's birth. (1770-1970) As Beethoven's music began to take
hold of me, I decided to methodically listen to every one of his works,
following along with the musical score. This had such an effect on me
that I performed two all­ Beethoven concerts on December 15 and
December 16, 1970 (Beethoven's 200th birthday)  as part of the cele-
bration. Following the success of those con­certs I was asked  by the
Public Broadcasting Corporation to present a lecture-concert of
Beethoven's most profound piano work, Sonata No. 32,  Op. II I.

In 1973, I was invited to participate in the 4th International Beethoven
Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria. 70 contestants from around the
world performed the works of Beethoven before a prestigious jury of
musicians from 10 countries.

After a month of competition, I became a Laureate Winner.  I have
continued to perform the piano works of Beethoven including concerti,
the Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, sonatas, variations, bagatelles, rondos,
various character works and the Triple Concerto, Op. 56 in collaboration
with John Sharp, principal cellist and David Taylor, associate concert-
master, both members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Six Variations in D major, Op.76 “Turkish March”
1. Theme-Allegro risoluto (:37)
2. Variation I (:34)
3. Variation II (:34)
4. Variation III (1:01)
5. Variation IV (:39)
6. Variation V (:38)
7. Variation VI-Presto (:1:23)
8. Theme (:33)

Sonata No. 8 in C minior, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
9. Grave-Allegro molto e con brio (8:22)
10. Adagio cantabile (5:42)
11. Rondo- Allegro <~~ CLICK TO HEAR AUDIO SAMPLE (3:52)

Six Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34
12. Theme-Adagio (1:34)
13. Variation I (1:25)
14. Variation II-Allegro ma non troppo (:57)
15. Variation III-Allegretto (1:21)
16. Variation IV- Tempo di menuetto (1:55)
17. Variation V-Marcia-Allegretto (2:05)
18. Variation VI-Allegretto (2:03)
19. Theme-Adagio molto (2:30)

Sonata No. 14 quasi una Fantasia in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
20. Adagio sostenuto (6:37)
21. Allegretto-Trio (2:05)
22. Presto agitato (7:12)

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1
23. Moderato e grazioso (6:21)

Für Elise, WoO 59
           24. Poco moto (3:15)

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