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Coriolan Overture

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (tr. Hanna)


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General Info

Year: 1807 /
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paul Hanna at phanna@fsu.edu
Cost: Score and Parts - Free


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

The Coriolan Overture , Op. 62, is a composition written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1807 for Heinrich Joseph von Collin's 1804 tragedy Coriolan, and not, as is sometimes claimed, for William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus, although both works are about the ancient Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.

The structure and themes of the overture follow the play very generally. The main C minor theme represents Coriolanus' resolve and war-like tendencies (he is about to invade Rome), while the more tender E-flat major theme represents the pleadings of his mother to desist. Coriolanus eventually gives in to tenderness, but since he cannot turn back having led an army of his former enemies to Rome's gates, he kills himself. (In Shakespeare's play, on the other hand, he is murdered.)

The overture was premiered in March 1807 at a private concert in the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 9 December 2014


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