Moises Kaufman, Musicologist?
BY Robert Hilferty
March 03 2009 1:00 AM ET
Never mind. By the way, do you have a musical
I played a little piano while growing up in Venezuela.
How much research did you do for the play?
William Kinderman, the leading expert on "The Diabelli
Variations," was my mentor through all of this. I also
hobnobbed with other Beethoven scholars, and made the journey
that Katherine makes in the play. I went to Bonn, Germany
[Beethoven's hometown], and spent time with Dr. Gertrude
Ladenburger in the archives looking at his sketches.
Those sketches are legendary, graphic pictures of
perfectionism run amuck. What did you find?
I'm in love with those sketches. I've spent hours and hours
with them. Just the pictorial quality of them is beautiful.
You even have projections of them on the set throughout the
evening -- certainly a first for Broadway!
Well, they capture the emotions of Beethoven as he was
composing: Sometimes they're turbulent, sometimes very clean.
You can see what passages he labored over and what passages
came easily. It shows his compositional process. They are
another character in the play.
Sign Up For Email Updates
- Politics Ukrainian LGBT Pride Event Blocked 10 min 57 sec ago
- Sports MMA Fighter in First Fight Since Revealing Gender Transition 43 min 17 sec ago
- Women Op-Ed: Remembering Sakia Gunn: the News Coverage and Homophobic Murder 1 hour 15 min ago
- Politics Puerto Rico House Approves Antidiscrimination Bill 1 hour 24 min ago
- Entertainment News Week in Geek: Star Trek Actor Gets Wet and Naked, Justice League, and More 2 hours 11 min ago
- Activism Multimedia Project Addresses LGBT Rights Among Palestinians 2 hours 37 min ago
- Women WATCH: Sara Gilbert is a Lesbian Stereotype in Flannel and Birkenstocks 3:36 PM