Christa Bützberger, Piano

02 - 06 August 2020: Seminar - "In the Thickets of Beethoven's op. 106"

09 - 13 August 2020: Master Course for Piano & Chamber Music

In the Thickets of op. 106 by L.v. Beethoven - A phenomenological Exploration

Beethoven's Piano Sonata op. 106 is unanimously acknowledged as one of the most complex works of the piano literature. The unbelievable depth of the content, the complex ramifications, a true field of experimentation of the composer, as well as the boldest pianistic-technical demands make for every pianist, but also represents an absolute challenge for every listener.

In this seminar we will try to find out which possibilities of exploration the Method of Phenomenology offers to us: is there any perspective of being able to make a difference thanks to the constant interaction between Noesis and Noema, starting from the experience (tonal and emotional) to a clear view of the essence of the work to with all its numerous problems, if only in terms of the musical text (since, as it is well known, the autograph has disappeared)?

Are there solutions for a plausible attitude towards the much discussed the subject of Beethoven's metronome indications? How can the fundamental findings of the Method of Phenomenology in correlation with music give some guidance?


Two sessions of 2 hours each are scheduled every day (planned 10-12 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., tbc.).

  • Day 1: Basic aspects (genesis, biographical and historical background, instruments),
    Overview of the entire plant.
  • Day 2: 1st movement.
  • Day 3: 2nd movement and overview of the 3rd movement.
  • Day 4: 3rd movement, overview of the 4th movement (introduction and fugue)
  • Day 5: Fugue, Summary

The seminar is held via Zoom and is open to all musicians and music lovers. In each session there will be a round table discussion. The students can also intervene with questions.

Total duration: 20 hours.

  • Languages: German, Italian
  • Fee: EUR 250, free participation for active participants of the Piano Masterclass

Master Course for Piano and Chamber Music

09 - 13 August 2020

  • Approach: The course offers the opportunity to get to know the potential of the phenomenological approach in musical practice. The discovery of intersubjectively verifiable structures and laws in the musical experience can liberate technical playing skills at the same time. For chamber music, the phenomenological approach means understanding and getting aware of functional connections between the partners on the basis of a common orientation beyond personal interpretation. In order to deepen the theoretical basics of this method, the course also offers a one-hour daily introduction to phenomenology in connection with music.
  • Program and Preparation: the international concert repertoire. At least 3 works by different composers, one work from Viennese Classics is recommended. In 2020, of course, the oeuvre of the annual patron Ludwig van Beethoven will be the focus of our Summer Academy. We therefore recommend that you prepare at least one of his compositions for your course.
  • Qualification: adequate mastery of the instrument. Please send in a web-based tone/video document along with your application.
  • Languages: German, Italian, French, English
  • Course Fee:
    • Deposit payment (as part of the course fee): EUR 300
    • Early Bird (register and pay until March 15, 2020): EUR 590
    • Regular Course (register and pay until June 01, 2020): EUR 630
    • Online Course: EUR 490
    • Passive participation: EUR 200
  • Application Deadline: 15 June 2020

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