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Symphony No. 4

Ludwig Van Beethoven
B. Dec. 16, 1770 in Bonn (baptized), Germany
D. Mar. 26, 1927 in Vienna, Austria

Beethoven wrote most of the Fourth Symphony during a summer residency in 1806 at the estate of a patron, Prince Karl Lichnowsky.  In mid-March 1807, it was first performed during a private subscription concert at the palace of another patron, Prince Josef Logkowitz, and was dedicated to a third, Count Franz Oppersdorff.  READ MORE



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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Ludwig van Beethoven
B. Dec. 16, 1770 (baptized) in Bonn, Germany
D. March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony stems very strongly from eighteenth-century practices of symphonic composition but, like a great earthquake, it created a huge fissure between everything that came before and the orchestral style that developed in the following decades. READ MORE



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Beethoven: Overture from Fidelio, Op. 72b

Ludwig Van Beethoven
B. Dec. 16, 1770 (baptized) in Bonn, Germany
D. March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria

Beethoven composed only one opera, and it was perhaps the work that caused him more agony than any other. Over the course of a decade, he wrote and rewrote Fidelio at least three times, including one aria which was revised 18 times. It was this struggle, however, which led the work to be the most valued to Beethoven. It is reported that he said of Fidelio, “Of all my children, this is the one that cost me the worst birth pangs, the one that brought me the most sorrow; and for that reason it is most dear to me.” READ MORE



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