Annual Faculty Lecture Looks at the Many Variations of Performing Beethoven

Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall - 04/25/16 - 04/25/16

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How can a piece of music written more than 200 years ago still be relevant? How can five different people play the same piece of music and give five distinctly different interpretations? 

These are some of questions that will be addressed at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s annual Faculty Lecture. The Faculty Lecturer is selected each year by committee within the university’s Faculty Senate. 

Dr. Joachim Reinhuber, associate professor in the Department of Music, will deliver  a lecture recital, Love, Strife, and Pathos: Performing Beethoven Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend this free event. A reception will be held following the lecture in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery. 

Reinhuber will discuss a part of music he thinks isn’t discussed often—the performance itself. 

The lecture will highlight the different elements that go into a classical performance, from reading the score, to the background of a musical piece, to why it’s vital to perform this music. 

Reinhuber will then perform two piano sonatas by Beethoven —the Pathétique Sonata, Opus 13, in C minor, and his last sonata, Opus 111, also in C minor. 

“There are so many different ways to perform the Pathétique Sonata, and so many arguments about what makes a performance valid. I feel that one should be wary of absolutism in a discussion like that. 

“A certain artistic freedom is vital to performing Beethoven’s music, who himself was a brilliant and charismatic performer. Musical notation becomes more precise as you move through history. Yet it can never be as rich as a composer’s imagination. While the printed text is our primary source, there are so many ways to interpret it. For example, Beethoven’s pianos sounded very different from ours, and I try to reflect that in my playing. As interpreter, you always have to make choices.”     

 About Dr. Joachim Reinhuber

Dr. Joachim Reinhuber serves as Associate Professor of Piano at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and is in high demand as solo and collaborative performer, clinician and adjudicator in the U.S. and his native Germany. 

He studied with Gisela Sott (Frankfurt), Robert Levin (University of Music, Freiburg), John Perry (Rice University, Houston TX) and Nancy Garrett (University of Texas at Austin). 

As a faculty member of the City of Aschaffenburg Music School, he taught piano, chamber music and music theory. In August 2006, he and his family moved to Texas, where he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Recent performances include Brahms’ and Beethoven’s first piano concertos, the Schumann concerto, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Bach’s concerto in D minor and the Stravinsky concerto for piano and winds. In 2012 and 2014, he was the pianist for the Texas Music Educators Association’s All-State Men’s Choir, and in 2013, he was pianist for the Texas Two Year College All-State Choir. In the last few years,  he has toured extensively throughout Texas and the United States, with a residency at the Keyboard Arts Festival in Pueblo, Colo., and performed over 50 solo piano recitals at, among others, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M International University, Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, Baylor University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. 

As a collaborator, he has worked with Marianne Gedigian, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the baritones David Small and Ronald Ulen, and the pianists Zahari Metchkov, Caroline Oltmanns and Johan Botes, among others. He has served as an adjudicator at the Sorentin International Competition in San Angelo, the Laredo International Piano Competition and the State Concerto Competition of the Texas Music Teachers Association in Huntsville, Texas.