Beethoven & Brahms


Thursday 2 June 2022, 11.00am

Perth Concert Hall

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Beethoven & Brahms

Johannes BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn (19 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8 (27 mins)

Allegro vivace con brio
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di minuetto
Allegro vivace

Asher Fisch conductor

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Rosalind Appleby The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 9.40am in the Main Auditorium.

Did you know?

Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn is scored in two versions; one for orchestra and one for two pianos.

Beethoven's Eighth Symphony is often referred to as "Haydnesque" because it focuses on specific musical questions, rather than pre-existing models or forms, much like Haydn's works.

Beethoven led the premiere of his Eighth Symphony, despite growing increasingly deaf at the time. Reportedly, "the orchestra largely ignored his ungainly gestures and followed the Principal Violinist instead"!

Beethoven was an artist that was able to separate his day-to-day life from his music. His Eighth Symphony was written at the same time he wrote the most infamous letter of his life to his "Immortal Beloved"; a letter full of heartbreak and pain. The symphony however is ebullient and full of energy - a drastic departure from Beethoven's personal life at the time!

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