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Transformation and Transcendence: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony - VIRTUAL

Monday, Jul. 26, 1:30 pm
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony premiered on a frigid evening in December of 1808. Though the shivering Viennese audience had heard some three and half hours of music prior to the thunderous opening motif, its thrilling finale left them clamoring for an encore. Since then, the symphony has had a similar effect on listeners all over the globe. In this four-movement work, audiences experience the transformation of a theme - here forceful and percussive, other times delicate and lyrical, and elsewhere triumphant and bold - that has been interpreted as representing Beethoven's own fate as conveyed by the composer in autobiographical fashion. During this program, Professor Gil Harel will delve into the intricacies of the Symphony no. 5, placing it in the context of Beethoven's life while analyzing the notes and rhythms that constitute its identity. Written during a time when traditional classicism was giving way to the expressive style known as romanticism, Beethoven's great masterpiece has inspired countless listeners in the more than 200 years since it was first heard in on that chilly night in Vienna. 

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
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