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  • Visitor Guidelines FAQ | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    00 a m 5 00 p m Tuesday 11 00 a m 6 00 p m Wednesday 11 00 a m 6 00 p m Thursday 11 00 a m 6 00 p m Friday 11 00 a m 5 00 p m Saturday 1 00 5 00 p m Closed Sunday The Center is closed during most holidays Please consult the main visitors page for list of closing dates and reduced hours To ensure that the Center will be open during your visit call 408 808 2058 Is there an admission charge There is no fee for admission but we gratefully accept donations and welcome new memberships in the American Beethoven Society May I take photographs in the Beethoven Center Photography and limited video recording are allowed but restricted to no flash For some exhibits no photography is allowed If you are unsure please ask permission of the staff person on duty Photography for the purpose of publication in any format must be arranged in advance May I bring a large group to tour the Beethoven Center The Center welcomes groups up to 50 people though we ask to be contacted in advance of your visit See our tour page for guidelines Do you have tour guides Volunteer docents or other staff are available during all of the Center s open hours to provide guided tours and answer questions Visitors are also welcome to view the exhibits on their own We particularly encourage visits between the hours of 1 3 p m on Wednesdays when pianist and volunteer Richard Sogg is on duty to demonstrate the historical instruments May I play the historical keyboard instruments In most cases visitors are allowed to play for a brief period the clavichord harpsichord and the Poletti replica of a Dulcken fortepiano The instruments may not be available if they are being tuned repaired or in use for a class or other event Please check with the staff person on duty or contact us to determine if a particular instrument is available The two original fortepianos built by Jakesch and Broadwood are not available for playing by visitors but the docent on duty might be able to provide a brief demonstration More about the historical keyboard instruments What is on currently on exhibit at the Beethoven Center Permanent exhibits include the Guevara Lock of Beethoven s Hair a bronze replica of Beethoven s life mask a maquette of the Zumbusch monument to Beethoven in Vienna and the historical keyboard instruments Visitors will also see exhibits of rare and unique manuscripts scores books artworks and much more in the rotating displays from the Center s collection that change every four to six months Check the exhibits calendar for the most current information May I see original Beethoven manuscripts during my visit The Center owns several Beethoven manuscripts and usually features at least one in the public exhibits Check our exhibits page to see what is currently on display May I bring food or drink

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  • History | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Gateway Art and Media Catalogs Services Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Events the Community Events Current Events Beethoven s Birthday Celebration First Wednesdays Lecture Series Historic Keyboards Mini Concerts Young Pianist s Beethoven Competition Past Events Community Educational Programs Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center About History History MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to About FAQ Contacting the Beethoven Center American Beethoven Society Hours and Location Tours and Group Visits Visitor Guidelines History Ira F Brilliant Mission Photo Gallery Memories of Tom Wendel 1924 2004 Staff of the Beethoven Center How did the Beethoven Center find its way to San Jose A real estate developer in Phoenix Arizona named Ira F Brilliant donated his extensive collection of 75 first editions of Beethoven s music to San Jose State University to form the basis of a library and study center devoted to Beethoven s music and humanitarian accomplishments In May 1983 Ira and Irma Brilliant met with Dean Arlene Okerlund to discuss Ira s proposal to donate his rich collection to the University Dean Okerlund and music librarian Barbara Jeskalian flew to Phoenix to inspect the collection in person and after hearing their report President Gail Fullerton gave her blessing to the new enterprise A press conference on November 16 1983 announced the creation of the first center in North America devoted solely to Beethoven The University appointed a professor from the History Department Tom Wendel to serve as the acting director until a permanent director could be found because of his many ties and contacts with San Jose s arts community An executive board was formed for the 1983 84 academic year and the board met to

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  • Ira F. Brilliant (1922-2006) | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center About Ira F Brilliant 1922 2006 Ira F Brilliant 1922 2006 MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to About Remembrances of Ira Brilliant submitted by friends and members of the American Beethoven Society FAQ Contacting the Beethoven Center American Beethoven Society Hours and Location Tours and Group Visits Visitor Guidelines History Ira F Brilliant Mission Photo Gallery Memories of Tom Wendel 1924 2004 Staff of the Beethoven Center Ira Brilliant was born on September 8 1922 in Brooklyn New York He received a Bachelor of Textile Chemistry from Lowell Textile Institute now the University of Lowell in 1943 During the Second World War he served in the chemical warfare division of the Army in Europe working on chemicals that could be impregnated in American soldiers uniforms to protect them from gas attacks He married his wife Irma in 1947 and worked in a textile business run by his family In 1963 the family moved to Phoenix and Ira began working in commercial real estate in Scottsdale He formed a company Southwest Commercial Realty with a partner that same year He retired from beginning new projects in the late 1990s Ira always respected and loved Beethoven s music evidenced by his decision to take the woman who would become his wife on their first date to a Beethoven concert In the 1970s his interests in the composer deepened and he began collecting Beethoven manuscripts and first editions in 1975 Before he actually began collecting he read the essential Beethoven literature for several years Beginning in the 1970s Mr Brilliant formed relationships with the most important antiquarian dealers in Europe to build his collection and with their help assembled the finest collection of Beethoven first editions in

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  • Mission Statements | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Services at Beethoven Center Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Research General Research Guide to Beethoven Research Beethoven Web Resources Overview of Services at Beethoven Center Publications Projects The Beethoven Journal Beethoven Treasures in America Beethoven Auction Database About Beethoven FAQ on Beethoven Beethoven the Broadwood Fortepiano Beethoven and the Harpsichord Catalogs Beethoven Gateway Art and Media Catalogs Services Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Events the Community Events Current Events Beethoven s Birthday Celebration First Wednesdays Lecture Series Historic Keyboards Mini Concerts Young Pianist s Beethoven Competition Past Events Community Educational Programs Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center About Mission Statements Mission Statements MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to About FAQ Contacting the Beethoven Center American Beethoven Society Hours and Location Tours and Group Visits Visitor Guidelines History Ira F Brilliant Mission Photo Gallery Memories of Tom Wendel 1924 2004 Staff of the Beethoven Center Our Mission To serve as principal resource for Beethoven studies in the United States Mission of the American Beethoven Society To celebrate the ideals and achievements of Ludwig van Beethoven

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  • Photo Gallery | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Gateway Art and Media Catalogs Services Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Events the Community Events Current Events Beethoven s Birthday Celebration First Wednesdays Lecture Series Historic Keyboards Mini Concerts Young Pianist s Beethoven Competition Past Events Community Educational Programs Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center About Photo Gallery Photo Gallery MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to About FAQ Contacting the Beethoven Center American Beethoven Society Hours and Location Tours and Group Visits Visitor Guidelines History Ira F Brilliant Mission Photo Gallery Memories of Tom Wendel 1924 2004 Staff of the Beethoven Center Featured Photo Gallery About the Beethoven Floor The wood floor was specially designed for the Beethoven Center by James F Green of Aexandria Virginia It follows the classic designs of such floors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and includes design elements from Versailles and Russian Imperial palaces This design also incorporates elements related to the Beethoven Center The corner escutcheons contain a classic lyre motif with a letter B for Beethoven and Ira F Brilliant the Center s founder The lyre design is adapted directly from the carved lyre found on the 1827 Jakesch piano owned by the Beethoven Center The center design a trophy medallion that most often consisted of military armaments is also frequently designed as musical instruments or farm implements The violin in the Center of the medallion is an image of one actually owned by Beethoven and the sheet of music is the beginning of an unfinished violin sonata composed by him Other instruments shown are castanets panpipe flute and horn The floor uses approximately twenty seven wood species to create the design The principal wood in the field is

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  • Contact | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Beethoven Center Publications Projects The Beethoven Journal Beethoven Treasures in America Beethoven Auction Database About Beethoven FAQ on Beethoven Beethoven the Broadwood Fortepiano Beethoven and the Harpsichord Catalogs Beethoven Gateway Art and Media Catalogs Services Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Events the Community Events Current Events Beethoven s Birthday Celebration First Wednesdays Lecture Series Historic Keyboards Mini Concerts Young Pianist s Beethoven Competition Past Events Community Educational Programs Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center About Contact Contact MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to About FAQ Contacting the Beethoven Center American Beethoven Society Hours and Location Tours and Group Visits Visitor Guidelines History Ira F Brilliant Mission Photo Gallery Memories of Tom Wendel 1924 2004 Staff of the Beethoven Center Contact Phone 408 808 2058 Fax 408 808 2060 General inquiries Patricia Stroh sjsu edu Staff See our Staff page for information on contacting individual staff members Location The Beethoven Center is located in Room 580 on the fifth floor of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library in downtown San Jose California For directions and parking information

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  • Collections and Exhibits | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Gateway Art and Media Catalogs Services Access to Collections Permissions and Fees Reproduction Services Events the Community Events Current Events Beethoven s Birthday Celebration First Wednesdays Lecture Series Historic Keyboards Mini Concerts Young Pianist s Beethoven Competition Past Events Community Educational Programs Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center Collections and Exhibits Collections and Exhibits MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Ira F Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies Highlights Archives Art Prints and Objects Catalogs Books Beethoven s Hair Historical Keyboards Manuscripts Printed Scores Statistics Desiderata Current Exhibitions Exhibit Schedule Online Exhibits Past Exhibits Exhibit Loans Media Collections and Exhibits Research Support Services Events and Community In 1983 Ira F Brilliant donated his collection of about 80 first editions to San José State University to establish the library and archives of the Beethoven Center Now containing the largest collection of Beethoven materials in the western hemisphere the Center s rare collections include manuscripts historical keyboards scores books objects prints and realia such as the Guevara Lock of Beethoven s Hair The library collections do not circulate but many materials are available

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  • Collection Highlights | Beethoven Center | San Jose State University
    Beethoven Center Facebook Page Support Donating Materials Joining the American Beethoven Society Planned Giving Program Funding Opportunities Digitization Project SJSU Home Beethoven Center Collections and Exhibits Collection Highlights Collection Highlights MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Collections and Exhibits Highlights Archives Art Prints and Objects Catalogs Books Beethoven s Hair Historical Keyboards Manuscripts Printed Scores Statistics Desiderata Current Exhibitions Exhibit Schedule Online Exhibits Past Exhibits Exhibit Loans Media Original Beethoven manuscripts and documents Includes a musical sketch leaf entirely in Beethoven s hand several letters a leaf from a household account books and J C Bach edition from Beethoven s library Other manuscripts from Beethoven s time Includes copyists scores used for performance and study of his music before printed editions were available First editions of Beethoven s music The largest collection in North America including an early printing probably a proof copy of the Piano Sonatas Opus 2 nos 1 3 from 1796 Other editions of Beethoven s music and his contemporaries Includes early editions of individual works by publishers in Paris and London and collected editions from the 19th and 20th centuries Of a small score collection of music by Beethoven s contemporaries Daniel Steibelt is particularly well represented Books Includes rare books and periodicals biographies and scholarly monographs collections of essays and conference papers master s theses and doctoral dissertations fiction drama and poetry children s books and much more The William S Newman Collection Encompasses the library of Beethoven books and scores of renowned Beethoven scholar William S Newman musicologist and emeritus professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Beethoven on Beethoven Historical keyboard instruments Includes two original fortepianos from Beethoven s time and playable replica of a Dulcken fortepiano a clavichord and a harpsichord Articles A

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