3 December 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join DUPO Chamber for their first concert of the 2017-18 season! Continuing on from last year’s fantastic performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the orchestra will this year be tackling the lesser known but arguably more stirring 2nd Symphony. The concert will feature a selection of other shorter works, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Glinka’s Valse Fantasie and Bruckner’s Three Pieces for Orchestra.
In 1809, Beethoven was commissioned to compose incidental for the Vienna premiere of ‘Egmont’ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a play about a Count’s struggle for Dutch liberty against the autocratic imperial rule of Spain, however the play ends as a tragedy where Egmont himself is imprisoned and sentenced to death. This powerful and passionate overture summarises the crucial features of the drama, with the slow introduction to extreme tragedy, then eventually into triumph in the glorious coda.
Bruckner’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, are a rarely heard but extremely charming and melodious set of miniatures. The pieces were written during the summer of 1862 as Bruckner’s attempt at orchestrating Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata, tying in with the loose German theme in the programme. Each of the three movements, Moderato – Andante – Moderato encapsulate three different realms of his life, with themes from the final movement actually recurring later in his 8th Symphony . The pieces are rarely performed but the beauty and ingenuity of Bruckner’s work should not be missed out on.
Glinka’s Valse-Fantasie in B minor was written in 1839, originally for piano, but was later orchestrated for much larger ensembles in the middle of the 19th century. Although this piece starts out with a quiet introduction; the piece quickly develops into a florid waltz full of raucous phrases in the middle that bring the audience to the climax of the music, eventually ending with an even jubilant conclusion. The scope of the work grows larger as the scoring and harmony becomes richer. This piece is a great exhibit of the elaboration that Glinka is so well known for in his music, with his fantastic themes recurring throughout the piece each time in a wider range of orchestral colour.
Beethoven’s Second Symphony is one of his most energetic, cheerful, and outgoing works. Beethoven composed this symphony during the summer and fall of 1802 and conducted its first performance on April 5, 1803, in Vienna. This work shows striking advances on the First Symphony in terms of scale and its complexity of structure. Although it is usually overshadowed by his later symphonies, the second symphony is undoubtedly one of Beethoven’s most powerful symphonies.
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Doors Open: 7:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Adtult £7, concession £5, Student £5
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