Il Centro Ricerche Musicali a Bonn, Universität

Universität Bonn – 28 settembre – 1 ottobre 2021

II Centro Ricerche Musicali si è recato a Bonn, dove  Luigi Bellofatto, nell’ ambito del convegno “Musicology after Beethoven. XVII International Congress of the German Musicological Society (GfM)”. ha presentato la sua ricerca “Beethoven’s Reception in Italy through the Editions of his Music printed in Italy in the 19th Century.” e due studi di James F. Green, non presente al simposio. Era presente tutto Io staff con Armando Orlandi, Fiorella Romenzi, Graziano Denini e Marinella Bianco. II Centro Ricerche Musicali e stato invitato al Museo della casa Natale di Beethoven dalla direttrice Dr. Nicole Kämpken.  Graziano Denini e Luigi Domenico Bellofatto hanno avuto il piacere di omaggiare il Beethoven – Archiv con due le pubblicazioni a cura del Centro Ricerche Musicali: La revisione del Trio Anhang 3 a cura di Graziano Denini, pubblicato dalla Da Vinci Publishing e le Variazioni per pianoforte Unv. 14, con note pianistiche di Emanuele Stracchi.

Beethoven’s Reception in Italy through the Editions of his Music Printed in Italy in the 19th Century

The years between the 1810s and 1830s mark the true beginning of the history of Beethoven’s reception in Italy: Milan was, along with Florence, one of the most active Italian centers, where Giovanni Ricordi and Giuseppe Lorenzi played an important role in publishing Beethoven’s works. In 1813, La Scala presented Salvatore Vigano’s ballet Prometeo, which included excerpts of Beethoven’s op. 43, some of which Ricordi published in a piano arrangement later that year, making it the first known Italian edition of Beethoven’s music. Many other Beethoven excerpts were included in ballets of Vigano and Gaetano Gioja, such as La vestaie, Didone, Gli ussiti, La vendetta di Venere, and II conte Essex, all performed at the Teatro alia Scala; most of them were then published in piano arrangements by Ricordi during the years 1815-1819, although the composer was not always acknowledged. Several early editions of Beethoven music were published in Italy, including an arrangement of op. 101 for piano and violin published by Ricordi in 1820 as well as other small, easy compositions. During the years 1817-1820, Lorenzi in Florence published almost 20 works by Beethoven, including piano and violin sonatas, and trios. Ricordi published Beethoven’s op. 85, Christ on the Mount of Olives in 1825. This became the first foreign edition of this work; several published librettos confirm that it was widely performed.

Luigi Bellofatto Born in Milan (Italy), studied piano and cello. He graduated in Physics-Electronic Engineering, has been organist making several recordings and performed several recitals. A lifelong devotee of Beethoven, Bellofatto has an extensive personal library on the subject and has given lectures on Beethoven and his music. He has written a book and contributed several articles on Alexander W. Thayer, the biographer of Beethoven, for the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, the American Beethoven Society, the Harvard Magazine, the Association Beethoven France and other journals. He is co-author of the Italian website dedicated to Beethoven: for which he wrote many articles.

James Green (Monument Records and Vance Brook Publishing, Alexandria, US)

Beethoven’s Only Uncle: Johann Peter Keverich.  New research will be presented on the life of Beethoven’s only surviving uncle. An examination of the name will be made. Because two his of brothers, his father and several other relatives including his only brother-in-law were named Johann, he probably was known in the family as “Peter”. If his sister called him Peter then his nephew, the young Beethoven, would have probably called him “Uncle Peter”. After becoming a Carmelite priest he took the name of Hubertus and was known as Father Hubertus from then on. He became the last prior of the Carmelite Monastery in Koblenz before his forced retirement to Ehrenbreitstein, the place of his birth. His activities will be described and examined in detail including his fateful encounter with the invading French army forced his retirement. An examination will be made of surviving municipal documents and contemporary newspapers of the last decade of Beethoven’s uncle’s life. There are no surviving records of any contact between Beethoven and his uncle during this period. Nor do either of Beethoven’s brothers, Carl and Johann, seem to have been in contact with him either. He died in 1807, well past the time when his nephew had become an internationally famous composer.

Beethoven Forgeries: A Recent Discovery and Its Connection to Ludwig Johann van Beethoven.  One of the more interesting aspects of the study of Beethoven’s history is the way in which things associated with him are valued, even coveted. After his death everything associated with Beethoven had value, not just his musical manuscripts and sketches, but everything from a lock of hair to letter. This demand for relics of the composer spawned an industry, that of the Beethoven forgery. Recently a letter was stolen from a public institution in the United States that had owned it for nearly a century. After its recovery an examination of the letter revealed that it was a 19lh century forgery probably done by Beethoven’s grand-nephew, Ludwig Johan van Beethoven who was living in the United States at the time. The presentation will provide detailed information on the letter’s history, its theft, recovery and the infamous career of Beethoven’s grand-nephew as a forger. A closer look will also be done of his activities as an entrepreneur, inventor, engineer and traveLer during his 19 years in America.

James F. Green was born in Michigan, where he studied fine art and history. He has a post graduate degree in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design. Mr. Green has been active in Beethoven research for nearly 50 years. Founder of the Michigan Beethoven Society, he presently serves on the Executive Board of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies in California. He is the author of the New Hess Catalog of Beethoven’s Works, which was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize. He has written several articles for European scholarly journals. Besides his Beethoven activities, Mr. Green is an International Award winning Interior Designer and President of Monument Records.

Il Centro Ricerche Musicali a Bonn, Beethoven Haus.

Bonngasse – 28 settembre – 1 ottobre 2021