Eroica

MASTERS SERIES

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 July 2024, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Eroica

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Coriolan – Overture (8 mins)

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No.1 (36 mins)
Nocturne (Moderato)
Scherzo (Allegro)
Passacaglia (Andante) -
Cadenza -
Burlesque (Allegro con brio – Presto)

Interval (20 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.3 Eroica (47 mins)
Allegro con brio
Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Finale (Allegro molto)

Asher Fisch
conductor
Francesca Dego
violin

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, Sara Duhig. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm at the Terrace Level Corner Stage.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artists Talk (Friday only)
Join tonight’s guest soloist, Francesca Dego for a post-concert interview immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer. Uncover more about the music and hear insights into the performance experience.

Listen to WASO
This performance is recorded for broadcast Thursday 8 August, 1pm (AWST) on ABC Classic. Date subject to change. For further details visit
abc.net.au/classic

Did you know?

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture was written in 1807 for Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy Coriolan; a play based on Shakespeare’s text Coriolanus.

Although Shostakovich completed his concert in 1948, his concerns about official Soviet censure led him to delay the premiere of this deeply personal work until 1955.

By 1948, with little warning, Shostakovich and other leading Soviet composers found that the government banned many of their works that were once praised.

In the scherzo, Shostakovich introduces for the first time what would become his musical signature: the notes D-Eb-C-B (in German, these notes are called D-S-C-H, a cypher for Dmitri SCHostokowitsch, the German spelling of Shostakovich’s name).

Eroica was Beethoven’s largest solely instrumental work.

Eroica changed how composers viewed symphonies by breaking the boundaries of symphonic form, length and harmony, ushering in the Romantic period.

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