Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58
In 1806 Beethoven composed his Fourth Piano Concerto, the final one the composer would premiere as the pianist. At this time, the instrument was in a state of rapid development, and the majority of Beethoven’s piano works reflect these changes: for the Piano Concerto No. 4, the latest developments included some extra high notes and new pedals that altered loudness and tone color. Beethoven himself was also in a period of rapid development during this time, producing many of his best known works. If you can imagine being at the concert that the Fourth Piano Concerto premiered, the program also included Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the Mass in C, and the Choral Fantasy.