Beethoven Lives Upstairs

The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, the young boy slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music.

Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s education program or family concert series. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age six and up.

Synopsis

The funereal second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sets the scene as we travel back in time from March 26, 1827, the day of Beethoven’s death, into the more intimate setting of young Christoph’s house in Vienna a few years before. Christoph’s father has just died and Beethoven has taken the room upstairs. The original audio recording of Beethoven Lives Upstairs claims dozens of top music, educational, and parenting awards. It has gone multi-platinum, been translated and distributed around the world, and made into an Emmy award-winning film. Based on this highly acclaimed recording, the Beethoven Lives Upstairs theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven in a live performance venue. The original audio recording of Beethoven Lives Upstairs claims dozens of top music, educational, and parenting awards. It has gone multi-platinum, been translated and distributed around the world, and made into an Emmy award-winning film. Based on this highly acclaimed recording, the Beethoven Lives Upstairs theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven in a live performance venue.

Music Excerpts

Für Elise • Leonore Overture No. 3 • Minuet in G Major • Mozart Variations • Nel Cor Più • Orchestral Polonaise • Pathétique • Piano Concerto No. 1 • Piano Concerto No. 5 • Piano Sonata • Piano Sonata in E Major • Rage Over a Lost Penny • Romance for Violin & Orchestra in G Major • Shepherd’s Song • Sonata, Op. 14, No. 2 • Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight) • Spring Sonata • Symphony No. 1, Mvmt. IV • Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. II • Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. I • Symphony No. 6, Mvmt. I • Symphony No. 6 (Birds) • Symphony No. 6 (Storm) • Symphony No. 6 (Tremolo) • Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. II • Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. II • Symphony No. 9, Mvmt. II • Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) • Symphony No. 9 (Finale)

Instrumentation

String count 6.6.5.4.3
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Reference Script
Conductor’s Score

STRINGS

Violin I (6 stands)
Violin II (6 stands)
Viola (5 stands)
Cello (4 stands)
Bass (3 stands)

WOODWINDS

Flute I & II/ [Piccolo] (1 stand each)
Oboe I & II 1 (1 stand each)
Clarinet I & II (1 stand each)
Bassoon I & II (1 stand each)

BRASS

Horn I & II (1 stand each)
Trumpet I & II (1 stand each)
Trombone I & II (1 stand each)

PERCUSSION

Percussion (2 stands +  1 extra book)
Timpani  (1 stand)
Piano (1 stand)

The instrumentation listed represents the maximum number of books we will supply to accommodate the largest of orchestras. Though we will ship our full set of parts, we defer to your judgment in reducing players based on your particular needs and requirements.

A Conductor Score and Musician’s Parts are supplied at least 3 weeks prior to the performance. Included in the shipment are 43 books plus 1 conductor score and 1 reference script.

This production requires featured instrumentalists. The performance assumes a seamless performance, largely unbroken by applause or “soloist” appearances; therefore, we suggest that these players come from within the orchestra:

VIOLIN:

Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major
Spring Sonata

PIANO:

Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 5
(see excerpt list for sonatas)

The pieces included in the performance are well studied by most musicians. Orchestras who have not performed Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9 or Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5 are encouraged to hold rehearsals on their own in advance of the scheduled rehearsal.

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