Opening matinee
 

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Sat 10.9.2016, 11 a.m., 2016-9-10T11:00 Universität Bonn, Aula

Opening matinee

Nike Wagner
Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
15 Variations with Fugue in E-flat major for piano, op. 35 (‘Eroica Variations’)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 (‘Sinfonia Eroica’), version for piano by Franz Liszt

‘Written on Bonaparte’

Composed in the echo chamber of French revolutionary music, Beethoven‘s ‘Sinfonia eroica‘ burst the bounds of convention from within: too loud, too long. Originally it was dedicated to that standard bearer of humanity‘s hopes, Napoleon, but its dedication was expunged when the Little Corporal had himself crowned Emperor, thereby becoming the new tyrant. ‘Revolutions‘ is the motto of this year‘s Beethovenfest. It is legitimised
by Beethoven‘s own Jacobin leanings and his commitment to the ideals of the French Revolution. The Festival‘s managing director will deliver a lecture explaining the 2016 programme, framed by Beethoven‘s revolutionary symphony at the piano. First come the ‘Eroica Variations‘, whose themes Beethoven later worked into the symphony‘s finale. Then the entire symphony will be performed at the piano – a feat achieved by none other
than Franz Liszt!

Nike Wagner © Cornelis Gollhardt

Nike Wagner © Cornelis Gollhardt

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