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FIFTH Concert
Overture to ' Fidelio '
BEETHOVEN wrote four Overtures for his solitary Opera, Fidelio. Three of them are known by the name of the heroine, Leonora, and are numbered for identification purposes. I, 2, and 3. Only the last of the four is called by the Opera's title. It is simpler and of somewhat smaller scope than the three Leonoras.
The Introduction has two themes, an opening lively one, and a continuing slow, sad one. The quick section returns, and then there is another slow portion.
After this we come to the body of the Overture, which has a First Main Tune built upon the opening phrases of the Introduction.
A gentler Second Main Tune then appears, and both these subjects are developed very briefly, and duly recapitulated. Afterwards we have another slow section bringing in again the sad theme of the Introduction, and a triumphant Coda, typifying the happy re-union of husband and wife at the end of the Opera.
NIGEL DALLAWAY (Pianoforte) and Orchestra
Fifth Concerto (' The Emperor')
' EMPEROR' is a title bestowed on this work, not by Beethoven, but by the rest of the world, as a tribute of admiration for its splendours. It is one of the most spacious utterances of the epic poet in Beethoven. The three great preluding chords at the beginning are like the solemn opening of doors to the temple of sound.
There are three Movements. The First is long and of heroic cast in its tunes and in its fine rhetorical periods. The Second is quiet and suggestive of things celestial. The Third is an expression of joy, with many buoyant tunes and rhythms.
To Hope
Sacrificial Love
Mutual Love
Selections from the Incidental Music to ' Egmont,'
Op. 84
BEETHOVEN'S fine Overture to Goethe's drama, Egmont, is often played, the incidental pieces less frequently. These consist of four entr'actes, two songs, and three other portions, entitled respectively Cldrchen's Death, Melodrama and Triumph Symphony (this last being reproduced in the Coda of the Overture).


Conducted By:
Joseph Lewis
Nigel Dallaway
Harold Howes

5IT Birmingham

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