Monday, August 30, 2010

8/30 Beethoven 2009 Stats

cultural relevance acid test

Here's an interesting list of the most performed Beethoven compostions in 2009 as tracked by Instant Encore:

   Work                                                                           Number of Performances
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
Egmont, Op. 84
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
Fidelio, Op. 72
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 'Razumovsky'

That's alot of concerts!  And every 4 days or so the "Diabelli Variations" were performed - I'm amazed that work got a higher number of performances than any of the piano sonatas!  Still a popular hit.  And just about every piece above was performed at least one a week. Who says classical music is dead?

Diabelli Variations not included
For a listing of the most popular upcoming Beethoven concerts check out Instant Encore's list here:
Beethoven: Upcoming performances
Looks like the 9th is getting back up there...but only 2 upcoming performances of the Hammerklavier?!  I have to start practicing....

In case you are not familiar with Instant Encore, it's a great site which tracks classical music performances around the world and includes streaming recordings of recent performances.  You can actually listen to Alan Gilbert's recently conducted "Missa Solemnis" with the New York Philharmonic - in its entirety!  (I was there - it was fantastic.)  It also acts as a news/video hub, a blog directory for all things classical and alerts you to all classical concerts in your geographic area.  If you become a free member, you can get a daily email with news about whichever artists you choose when you set up the service.  Definitely worth checking out. 


  1. Haha--I howled when I saw that B action figure here! I bought one from a zany catalog I get. Pretty cheapo paper piano! But it could make a nice template for a miniature wooden one, if I even want to make one. But the B figure is bad---looks like Richard Gere.
    I will check out "Instant Encore" Probably streaming audio, though----may not work well with our kind of slow internet.

  2. Sadly they took down the Missa broadcast from Instant Encore....
    I saw the toy figure in Vienna, lol