ACO: Beethoven & Bridgetower

Thursday 18 March, 7.30pm
16 days from now

Presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra

With a script by Anna Goldsworthy, we explore two musical soulmates and the reclaiming of a masterpiece. Featuring Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata, arranged and performed by Richard Tognetti, and Janacek’s String Quartet No.1, the ‘Kreutzer Sonata’.

It’s a passionate and sweepingly epic work, but there’s also drama off stage in what is arguably Beethoven’s most loved and performed violin sonata.

Known as The Kreutzer for its dedication to the violinist Rudolphe Kreutzer, lost in history is its original dedication to George Bridgetower, a far more accomplished violinist of West Indian descent and something of a kindred spirit to Beethoven. Bridgetower performed with the composer at the Sonata's premiere but they fell out spectacularly and his name was removed from the dedication.

But in this corner of the world he is not forgotten. In collaboration with Belvior Theatre, and with a script by Anna Goldsworthy and Shakthidharan, soloist Richard Tognetti seeks to restore Bridgetower’s rightful place in history.

It's no wonder such an intensely romantic piece not only inspired a fevered Tolstoy short story, but stirred Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata in response.


  • Richard Tognetti – Director & Violin
  • Anna Goldsworthy – Writer
  • Shakthidharan – Writer
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra


  • JANÁČEK (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
  • BEETHOVEN (arr. Tognetti) Violin Sonata in A major 'Kreutzer'


  • Thursday 18 March 2021 7:30 PM

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