Liberty, Equality, Fraternity | Apr 6, 2024 | Tel-Aviv, Israel
Beethoven and Schoenberg (with help from Lord Byron) stand up to tyranny.
Time & Place
Apr 06, 2024, 9:00 PM
Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech 27, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Beethoven's Eroica Symphony heralded a true revolution in the language of music and symbolizes, perhaps more than any other work, the transition from the classical to the romantic era. Beethoven had originally dedicated the work to Napoleon, whose call for representative government he had greatly admired, but upon learning that Naploen had declared himself emperor Beethoven tore up the symphony's dedication page, leaving us with a Heroic Symphony that references an ideal rather than a person. The Eroica will be performed in a newly commissioned chamber ensemble version written especially for this occasion.
"but yesterday a King! And armed with Kings to strive— And now thou art a nameless thing: So abject—yet alive!"
So opens Lord Byron's Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte. As set to music by Arnold Schoenberg, it is a bitterly sarcastic and grotesque epic that mocks tyranny and man's thirst for power. Written at the height of the second world war, Schoenberg uses this text to express his feelings about present day dictators. Written for a small ensemble and a reciter, Schoenberg instructs the reciter to intone the text as a cross between speech and song, which only enhances its ironic potency.
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' (arranged for chamber ensemble by Yuval Shapiro)
Arnold Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon
Guy Eshed, flute
Tibi Cziger, clarinet
Daniel Bard, violin
Kobi Malkin, violin
Tomoko Akasaka, viola
Michal Korman, cello
Assaff Weisman, piano
Yair Polishook, baritone