Weekend Concert Series

Christopher Taylor, piano

Beethoven/Liszt Symphonies Project, Part II

Sunday, March 20, 1:30 - 3 pm
Calderwood Hall


Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Franz Liszt), Symphony No. 3, Eroica (1803, arr. 1864)
Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Franz Liszt), Symphony No. 4 (1806, arr. 1864)

Isabella Stewart Gardner idolized Beethoven. The life mask of the composer (below) is still on view at her Museum. Pianist Christopher Taylor will scale the Everest of piano literature, works Vladimir Horowitz called simply "the greatest works for the piano."

Taylor takes on the craggy Eroica symphony and the sunny Fourth in his traversal of Liszt’s solo-piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. Beyond being legendarily difficult and virtuosic, these transcriptions give listeners the rare chance to hear the inner workings of Beethoven’s epochal symphonies afresh. These are not “fantasias,” as are so many transcriptions: Liszt reverentially and painstakingly found ways to include every note.

Isabella was also a great admirer of Liszt and was in fact traveling to meet with him when he died suddenly. Gardner attended his funeral, supported his grieving family, and cast the first shovel of earth onto his coffin. 

Life Mask of Ludwig van Beethoven

Copy after Franz Klein (Austrian, 1779-1840), Life Mask of Ludwig Van Beethoven, after 1812

Lock of Franz Liszt's Hair

Lock of Franz Liszt's Hair in a Box (German), about 1886



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The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan

Hemenway & Barnes LLP is the lead corporate sponsor of the Weekend Concert Series. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: The Coogan Concert in memory of Peter Weston Coogan; Fitzpatrick Family Concert; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; Marie Louise and David Scudder Concert; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; and Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d’Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse, and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund. Music at the Gardner is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.