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Friday, October 21, 2016


(Christopher Duigan. Photo by Val Adamson)

Steinway Pianist Christopher Duigan plays a programme of works by Ludwig van Beethoven on three forthcoming dates: October 27 in Kloof and in Pietermaritzburg on October 28 at Music Revival in Athlone and on October 30 at the Tatham Art Gallery.

He will play three sonatas from the canon of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas that represent each of these periods: the lighthearted Sonata in F Op 10 No 2, the popular Moonlight Sonata Op 27 no 2 and the Sonata in E Op 109.

Music by German romantic composers, who were highly influenced by Beethoven's legacy, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, complete the programme.

Beethoven’s musical output is often conveniently divided into three periods. In the first he uses the language of Viennese classicism established by earlier composers, above all Haydn and Mozart, with the emphasis on clarity, restraint, and balance.

In the second period he writes with a bolder, more personal tone, often with very powerful surges toward moods of triumph, tragedy and transformation.

And, in the third period, the earlier urgency gives way to moods that have been described by words such as ‘interior’, ‘contemplative’ and ‘visionary’.

The Kloof concert takes place on October 27 at 19h30 at St Agnes Church in Kloof. Tickets R100 booked through the St Agnes church office on 031 764 2037.

The concert taking place at Music Revival will be on October 28 at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone in Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R200 includes a light meal from 18h30. Dinner guests should bring their own wine. For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approximately 19h40.There is secure parking. Booking is essential on email: or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

The concert at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be held on October 30 at 11h30. Tickets R80. Booking is preferred via email at or by SMS at 083 417 4473 or on Whatsapp. There is secure parking available next to the gallery and the Cafe Tatham will be open from 10 h00 and for lunch afterwards.