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The Beethoven Project

As part of the 2023-2024 York Late Music concerts, virtuoso pianist Ian Pace will begin an annual series of piano recitals called The Beethoven Project.

The Beethoven Project revisits all of the composer’s symphonies through the iconic piano transcriptions made by Franz Liszt. Devised by Steve Crowther and virtuoso pianist Ian Pace this concert centres on Beethoven’s radical and heroic Fifth Symphony and Liszt’s transcription of the composer’s only song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte. The programme also includes Michael Finnissy’s Gershwin songs transcriptions as well as a performance of Steve’s Piano Sonata No. 4.


Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte (transcribed by Franz Liszt)

Gershwin: Love is Here to Stay (transcribed by Michael Finnissy)

Gershwin: Embraceable You (transcribed by Michael Finnissy)

Gershwin (maybe): Please Pay Some Attention to Me (transcribed by Michael Finnissy)

Gershwin: Can’t Help ‘Loving That Man (transcribed by Jerome Kern)

Steve Crowther: Piano Sonata No. 4

Beethoven: Symphony No.5 (transcribed by Franz Liszt)

This unmissable event will take place at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm. Please note:

There will be a preconcert talk at 6.45pm, with a complimentary glass of wine or juice. The talk will take the form of a short conversation between pianist Kate Ledger and Ian Pace.

‘We would like to discuss the Liszt and Gershwin transcriptions,’ says Kate, ‘ and what they bring to the original compositions. We will hopefully include a few anecdotes from Michael Finnissy, and, if time allows, invite questions from the audience'

Tickets can be purchased online or on the door. For all details please visit:

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