• Henley DFAS

The Genius of Beethoven

Thursday 20th May 2021 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm
Peter Medhurst

Famously, every morning of his adult life, Beethoven measured out eactly 60 coffee beans for his breakfast.  A man who is capable of such discipline over a cup of tea can surely apply that exactness elsewhere in his life;  and  in Beethoven's case, it was applied to his compositions.  In fact, the detail found in his music is often so subtle that most people don't even know it's there.  The lecture explores Beethoven's genius as a writer of music, at the same time setting his extraordinary story aganst the backdrop of 19th century warfare, revolution and dramatic social changes.  Beethoven would have been 250 years old on 17th December 2020.


Peter appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts.  He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at The Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.