All About Ludwig van Beethoven

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The Overtures

Fidelio (Leonora no. 4) op. 72 b is the overture written for the 1814 representations.

The Ruins of Athens op. 113, the overture composed in 1811 for the inauguration of the German theatre of Pesth, having as source a literary work, Kotzebue’s Bela’s Flight, presents an episode from the life of Hungary’s king. The overture was performed in first audition on February 9th 1812. In order to render the specificity of that time, Beethoven used in the introduction antique Greek modes.

A triumphant page of this overture is the Turkish March rendering the closing and the furthering of a Turkish patrol. It is orchestrated in the spirit of janissary music with many percussion instruments and powerful sonorities for the wind instruments. It became known in the musical world especially due to the transcriptions of Franz Liszt and Anton Rubinstein.

Coriolanus op. 62 written in 1807 and constructed as an introduction to Collin’s tragedy (1802) was of great success and popularity. It is a composition with heroic character, rendering the story of a broken conscience.

Excerpt form Beethoven's Egmont Overture

and the second motive renders the image of the conquered people.

Excerpt form Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Second motive

Onomastica op. 115 is Beethoven’s only overture that was not written for the theatre. The title was given by its author and was conceived for a certain solemnity, the work being “adaptable to any given circumstance and proper to performance in concerts.”

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