Bernstein's Beethoven

L. B., unfortunately without "van"

Wednesday | 2020 June 17 until Sunday | 2020 October 4

American composer, pianist, conductor, writer and teacher Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) is mainly known for his interpretation of Gustav Mahler. The Beethoven-Haus now honours him with a multimedia special exhibition as one of the eminent intermediaries for Ludwig van Beethoven in the 20th century.

The exhibition in 2020 focuses on Bernstein's life-long examination of Beethoven, from early analytical texts written in the 1940s to his last concert including Beethoven's 7th Symphony in the summer of 1990 in Tanglewood (USA). Selected score entries, compositions, letters and texts from Bernstein, his concert introductions, Omnibus TV show episodes and a comprehensive discography and filmography give evidence of Bernstein's relevance for the reception of Beethoven. Numerous documents from spectacular Beethoven concerts, among them the performance of the 9th Symphony in Berlin at Christmas in 1989, are on display. At the centre of interest is in particular the way Bernstein interpreted Beethoven's music in relation to society and politics and how he adapted his didactics to the general public.

In co-operation with the Vienna Haus der Musik.