Dear friends of music,

Urte Lucht is a master on the pianoforte and will introduce us to the “Viennese Classic” in this concert. By this, it is of course meant the music of Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. What makes these three famous composers the ideals of this “compositional style”? What are the differences? Why should you listen to this music on a historical instrument (Ms. Lucht plays on a copy of a historic instrument)? After this concert you will surely know more about it. Let yourself be taken to a new world of sound!

Viennese Classic

At the end of the 18th century, Vienna was the music capital with the greatest appeal:

Musicians from all over Europe settled in the capital of the multiethnic state, to deal with the diverse musical influences. Opera seria, opera buffo, opéra comique met the German Singspiel, modern Italian instrumental music met the South German-Austrian light music, the love of counterpoint was shown in the worship of Bach and Händel, the sensitive style of C. P. E. Bach’s affective work was imported as well as the Italian Sinfonia with its clarity, sensuality and simplicity. In Vienna music formed a social bridge between the different social strata and the different peoples. The aristocracy, middle class, petty bourgeoisie and craftsmen lived close together and coined a multi-layered mixed culture in which the classical style of Mozart and Haydn could develop.
The result was the “Viennese Classic”, which Beethoven later continued and through which he gained worldwide significance. Each of these three classics composed in their own personal style; how different their piano sonatas sound in character, affect, temperament, harmony and sentence form is experienced by the listener in the program “Wiener Klassik”. Urte Lucht plays the works of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven on a pianoforte corresponding to the period of origin. The instrument is a copy of a fortepiano by J.A. Stein, Augsburg 1787. J.A. Stein (1728 – 1792) was one of the most gifted and imaginative organ and piano makers in the second half of the 18th century. He was the first to apply bouncing mechanics (Viennese mechanics) and thus achieved great fame: Spring-loaded releases allow the player to steer the hammer right up to the string and to meter its keystroke very finely.

Text by Urte Lucht

Saturday, 24th of March 2018

5 pm

Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn



Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Sonata in B Minor Hob.XVI/32 (1776)

– Allegro moderato
– Menuett (Tempo di Menuet)
– Finale (Presto)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sonata in C Major KV 457 (1784)

– Molto allegro
– Adagio
– Allegro assai (agitato)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonate in C Major Op.2 Nr. 3 (1795)

– Allegro con brio
– Adagio
– Scherzo (Allegro)
– Allegro assai

Admission: 18, – € / 10, – € red.

Urte Lucht plays on a copy of a fortepiano made by Johann Andreas Stein, Augsburg 1787, built by Werner Keil, Schriesheim.

Urte Lucht

Photo: Juliane Fuchs

At the age of four, Urte Lucht began to play the harpsichord. As a teenager, she attended master classes for harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber music with Gustav Leonhardt, Jos van Immerseel and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. After studying in Hamburg, Zurich (with Johann Sonnleitner) and Basel at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (with Jesper Christensen), she began her busy concert career both on the harpsichord and the fortepiano. International prizes, radio, television and CD recordings followed.
Urte Lucht performs at major festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Baroque Festival Arolsen, Days of Old Music Regensburg, Lake Constance Festival, European Weeks Passau, Landshut Court Music Days. She has performed with Maria Cristina Kiehr, Simone Kermes, Constanze Backes, Andrea Bischoff, Stefan Fuchs (Ensemble Trazom), Leila Schayegh and Frieder Bernius. In addition to the historically informed performance practice, Urte Lucht has a keen interest in New Music, as evidenced by several premieres and world premieres, including works by Josef Tals and Erhan Sanris. She is often heard on Swiss radio SRF as a subject matter expert in the program “Disco” and is also co-founder of the Ettenheim Music Summer, the renowned concert series for early music in the baroque town of Ettenheim.
Since 2007 Urte Lucht teaches at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. From 2000 – 2003 she was a lecturer at the International Spring Academy for Early Music in Stift Geras, Austria, and in 2005 taught at the International Summer Courses in Bietigheim Castl

I’m looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué