What is the Beethoven
The Center is the only institution in North America devoted solely
to the life, works, and accomplishments of Beethoven (1770-1827)
It opened in September 1985.
How did the Beethoven
Center find its way to San Jose?
In 1982 Ira F. Brilliant, a real estate developer from
Phoenix, Arizona, 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. The Center's primary mission
is to "celebrate the ideals and achievements of Ludwig van
What's in the Beethoven
The largest collection of first and early 10th-century editions
of Beethoven's music in the Western Hemisphere, several original
Beethoven manuscripts, a replica of a fortepiano from Beethoven's
time, over 3,000 books on Beethoven in many languages, a large
colection of sound recordings and videos, a stamp collection,
sculpture and art work and much else.
Where is the center
located and when did it open?
The Center is open to the public without charge from 1:00-5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located on the third floor of
Wahlquist Library North at the corner of San Fernando and South
Fourth Streets in downtown San Jose. The Center's stff consists
of Dr. William Meredith (Director), Patricia Stroh, M.A.,
M.L.I.S. (Curator), Dr. Elizabeth Fleming (Principal Subject Analyst,
Beethoven Bibliography Database), John Boehm, M.A. (Beethoven
in the Schools program), and LuAn Ausloos, M.A. (Subject Analyst,
Beethoven Bibliography Database).
How is the Center
The Center is supported by a combination of public and private
funds. San Jose State University provides staff salries,
space and supplies. The American Beethoven Society supports
the programs of the Center, including publication of The Beethoven
Journal, acquisition of important documents, and sponsorship of
The Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition. The Society's
Executive Board is made up of local public members and officers
of the University. Memberships to the Society are tax-deductible
What types of activities
are sponsored by the Center?
in the Schools. The Center recently received a two-year
grant from the Packard Foundation to continue to educate fourth
and fifth graders in Santa Clara County about the life and accomplishments
- Young Pianist's
Beethoven Competition. This annual competition is open
to all high school age pianists in California. Winners perform
in a master class with internationally known pianists, receive
monetary awards, and appear on a television program title "Grand
- The Beethoven
bibliography Database. The center is compiling the first
comprehensvie bibliography on Beethoven published since 1924.
Designed as a computer databas, the bibliography is accessible
through the Internet. The Database is funded by the Packard
Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, SJSU,
the American Beethoven Society and other sources.
- The Beethoven
Journal. A 48-page publication. The journal appears
two times a year and is distributed to members of the American
Beethoven Society, national and international libraries
and performing arts centers. The journal is written for everyone
who loves Beethoven's music. It has won several gold, silver,
and bronze medals from the Council for the Advancement and
Support of Education (CASE) competition.