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Music Talk: Monday 2 August 2021
Meeting open for joining at 6:45 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3 or UCT+3)
Talk starts at 7:00 pm and until 8:30

Beethoven's Archduke Trio
Akram Najjar (English)

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The Profile of the Talk
Beethoven wrote 7 piano trios. This is the 7th and last (in B flat major). It was written around 1811, the time when critics state was the end of his Middle Period and hence the start of his wonderful Late priod. He was 41 years old and clinically deaf.

This is surely one of his finest works but sadly not as popular as his symphonies and sonatas. The trio is in 4 magical movements, very classical in form but ingenious in composition. Anyone who thinks Beethoven was depressed and hence wrote depressing music should listen to the massive beauty of each one of these movements.

The Talk will explain the form of each movement which will then be performed by Trio di Parma.

If you are not familiar with the trio, visit these YouTube performances. It will make the talk a lot more enjoyable:

First movement:

Second movement:

Third and Fourth movements

Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology and organizational management. He spent a lot of time on reengineering business and public sector processes.
When Akram was 14, he chanced upon an evening program that presented one Jazz great at a time. He was hooked in Jazz in parallel with his love for Classical music. In our earlier Season 3 and 4, he gave 2 workshops: "For the Love of Jazz" and "Ten Great Jazz Songs".

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