It's August 8, 1803, and Parisian Piano Maker Sebastien Erard Gives One of His Sturdy New Creations to Beethoven - a new piano! With this instrument, the composer was able to set aside his forte piano and write more expressive and emotional music, beginning with the Waldstein Sonata.
New instruments and new technologies have unalterably changed music many times, but the pace of change quickened in the 20th century, with the record player, the computer, and the Internet. Suzanne Vega is host of the San Francisco Symphony series Keeping Score: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever.
Listen on Sunday, March 3rd, 4 to 5 pm.