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Music Club: 16 December 2020
(Video Conference opens 6:30 - Talk starts at 7:00 - 8:30)

Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Asymmetry
Language: English (supported by some Arabic)
Speaker: Akram Najjar
Format: Video Conference using ZOOM

Click Here to download the full video and PDF of the presentation. (550 MB).


The talk is presented on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Although his birthday is often stated as on the 17th, he was actually born on the 16th but registered as a baby, on the 17th of December 1770.

In the past, full discussion of Classical works took too much time. In this talk, Akram will present an analysis of the first movement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major Op 61.

He will introduce various terms needed when looking at the structure of the Symphony: themes, sonata allegro, cadences, etc. He will introduce the first movement and show how Beethoven managed to maintain the overall structure of the Classical Period Sonata Allegro Form but to remove the shackles from his creativity, he avoided the Classical Era "Symmetry". Eight creative processes are introduced, with most of them having some form of Beethovenian Asymmetry.

After the presentation, the movement will be run as a VIDEO Clip with subtitles.
These subtitles will show you, section by section, how the movement is progressing.

The talk will be followed by a performance of the 1st movement with:
Sergey Kachatryan (Violin), with Andris Nelsons conducting the The Orchestre de Paris.
You can watch this on YouTube: Click Here.
After the presetatn due course, you will be able to download the following:

1) The full PowerPoint presentation
2) The Video of the presentation
3) The subtitles file in case you need to download the YouTube clip and run them together.



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. When he was 11 years old he was sick for 6 months. His mother Souad introduced him to Classical Music, which became a life long love. (Later on joined by Rock and Jazz). Unfortunately, after an initial tuition of 18 months, he did not continue his piano studies. Through his love for music, he became an informed and dedicated amateur. At AUB, he took many courses in philosophy and literature. He used the analytic and critical approached he learnt in these fields to arrive at a critical understanding of music.
Akram has published several technical books (www.marginalbooks.com), a few literary works (www.marginalstories.com) and 4 puzzle books (www.thehiddenpaw.com).

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