Nicholas Kitchen will lead a discussion of Beethoven based on his experience as the first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet. The Borromeo was among the very first musicians to read off of computers and tablets, which they did in order for all members to read from the full score. The use of the computer opened the door to bringing source material such as manuscripts into the rehearsal process. What emerged from Beethoven’s manuscripts was the discovery that he employed expression marks in his manuscripts that are much more complex than what musicians see in print. Nicholas Kitchen will point out these details but more importantly, show how the finer level of details transforms the nature of the discussion of how a group achieves expression in these magnificent works.
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