CD & documentary film presentation

October 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Orpheus Instituut, Ghent (BE)

Inside the Hearing Machine

Premiere screening of a film-documentary, Inside the Hearing Machine, directed by Steven Maes. Length: 54 minutes, followed by a Q & A


October 12, 2017
8:00 pm
Miry Concertzaal, Ghent (BE)

Beethovens hoormachine

In 1818, Beethoven acquired a Broadwood piano. He remained attached to it for the rest of his life. His last years were marked by increasing deafness. The solution was a gigantic ‘listening machine’, designed by the Viennese piano builder, André Stein. And what a solution! Beethoven’s last three sonatas were composed during this time and are indisputable highlights of the piano repertoire. Not only will Tom Beghin play these swan songs on the world’s first replica of Beethoven’s Broadwood, but together with acoustics expert Thomas Wulfrank, he reconstructed the illustrious listening machine, which can be placed, as it were, on the instru­ment. The result is a rare perspective on an emotional episode from the history of music.

MIRY Concertzaal, Gent
€ 20 - 0

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Lecture performance

October 15, 2017
3:00 pm
AMUZ, Antwerp (BE)

Beethoven and his Pianos

Tom Beghin tells a historically accurate and artistically fascinating story about Beethovens keyboard instruments. In words and music, he explains how Beethoven, with his lifelong experience of the Viennese fortepiano, was inspired twice by exotic pianos: an 1803 Érard and an 1817 Broadwood. Allow yourself to be convinced by a passionate pianist and researcher with three replicas expertly constructed by Chris Maene. This lecture recital is part of the research project Beethoven and his Foreign Pianos that Tom Beghin is engaged in at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.

AMUZ, Antwerpen
Cat. 1: € 20 / € 16
Cat. 2: € 16 / € 14