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Ludwig van Beethoven

Welcome to the Keys for Curtis "piano pages." For the campaign, this piano has been named after the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the twenty-two composers selected to represent the deep heritage and diversity of classical music.  Beethoven, who lived from 1770 to 1827, was the bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical music. He was born in Bonn, then moved to Vienna in his early twenties to study with Joseph Haydn. A virtuoso pianist, Beethoven wrote an extensive body of piano music, including thirty-two piano sonatas. A requirement of piano auditions at Curtis is the performance, from memory, of a Beethoven or Mozart sonata.

Keeping his Spirit Alive - Curtis Connections to Beethoven

Perched in the hallway near the president's office at Curtis is a bronze bust, the work of Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), named Beethoven with Windblown Hair. Aside from being a stunning work of art, it's a reminder of the incredible connections Curtis faculty members have with Ludwig van Beethoven. In the Spring, 2011 issue of Overtones, Matthew Barker traces Curtis piano faculty members to their teachers, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Isabelle Vengerova and Artur Schnabel, all of whom studied with Theodor Leschetizky, a student of Carl Czerny, who studied directly with Ludwig von Beethoven. Mr. Barker writes that we like to think Curtis, " keeping their spirit and ideas alive with an unbroken lineage that goes back centuries."

About This Piano

  • On September 8 and 9, 2010, members of the Curtis piano faculty visited the Steinway factory in Long Island and selected twenty-two new pianos needed when Curtis expands its campus to include Lenfest Hall.
  • Steinway & Sons began building fine pianos in 1853. Handmade and built to last for generations, Steinway pianos are exceptional investments as well as superb musical instruments.   
  • Curtis has been an "All-Steinway School" since its founding in 1924 - one of nine conservatories, eighty colleges and unversities, and twenty-one other schools of distinction so designated.
  • This piano, a new Steinway Model O grand, measures five feet ten inches in length. Like all Steinway's this new grand piano is an exceptional musical instrument, built of the finest materials to the highest quality standards.
  • In July, 2011, the new "Beethoven" Steinway, #587800, was delived to Lenfest Hall and assigned to Room 401, the Doran Studio overlooking Locust Street behind the restored 1618 Locust Street facade.

You Can Help by Purchasing a Piano Key

  • Make a gift of $50 for each piano key you would like to buy, then Curtis will place your name next to one of this piano's eighty-eight keys, listed below. 
  • Make a note of the key or keys you would like to select and the name of this piano (Beethoven). Then make your contribution online, or call the Curtis Advancement Office at (215) 893-5279. Just mention that you want to give to "Keys for Curtis."
  • To thank you for helping Curtis purchase this new Steinway piano, we'll list your name below and send you a "Keys for Curtis" keychain!

THANK YOU for your gift to Curtis!




Contributed by:

 A0  1 Charles Sterne III, in memory of Claude Frank
 A0#  2 Charles Sterne III, in memory of Claude Frank
 B0  3  
 C1  4  
 C1#  5  
 D1  6  
 D1#  7  
 E1  8  
 F1  9  
 F1#  10  
 G1  11  
 G1#  12  
 A1  13  
 A1#  14 Jocelyn Terranova, in honor of Robert Rodney Thompson
 B1  15  
 C2  16  
 C2#  17  
 D2  18  
 D2#  19  
 E2  20  
 F2  21  
 F2#  22  
 G2  23  
 G2#  24  
 A2  25  
 A2#  26  
 B2  27  
 C3  28 Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 C3#  29 Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 D3  30 Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 D3#  31 Lee Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 E3  32 Drew M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 F3  33 Laney Waddel-Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 F3#  34 Scott M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 G3  35 Meredith G. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 G3#  36 Rebecca M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 A3  37 Sophie R. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 A3#  38 David M. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 B3  39 Emily A. Laden, in memory of Steven Laden
 C4 - Middle C  40  
 C4#  41  
 D4  42  
 D4#  43  
 E4  44 Howard & Bernice Levinson, in honor of the marriage of Elaine Sherman & Bob Cohan
 F4  45  
 F4#  46  
 G4  47  
 G4#  48  
 A4  49 Anonymous
 A4#  50  
 B4  51  
 C5  52  
 C5#  53  
 D5  54  
 D5#  55  
 E5  56  
 F5  57  
 F5#  58  


 G5#  60  
 A5  61  
 A5#  62  
 B5  63  
 C6  64  
 C6#  65  
 D6  66  
 D6#  67  
 E6  68  
 F6  69  
 F6#  70  
 G6  71  
 G6#  72  
 A6  73  
 A6#  74  
 B6  75  
 C7  76  
 C7#  77  
 D7  78  
 D7#  79  
 E7  80  
 F7  81  
 F7#  82  
 G7  83  
 G7#  84  
 A7  85  
 A7#  86  
 B7  87  
C8  88  


If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Curtis Advancement Office, (215) 893-5279 and mention "Keys for Curtis."