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Friday series - Love and Fate

Friday series - Love and Fate

Friday series: Love and Fate – Iceland Symphony
9. Mar » 18:00 Norðurljós | Harpa

CONDUCTOR
Yan Pascal Tortelier

SOLOIST
Þo´ra Einarsdo´ttir

PIANISTS
Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir
Guðrún Dalía Salómonsdóttir

PROGRAM
Robert Schumann Three songs from Myrthen op. 25
Robert Schumann Geistervariationen
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 5, “Fate”

Composers in the 19th century frequently wrote music inspired by events in their own lives. This programme explores the biographical connections in the music of two composers – Schumann and Beethoven. Schumann wrote his song collection Myrthen in 1840, in the wake of his marriage with Clara Wieck. Fourteen years later, he believed that he was surrounded by spirits who played him music, both "wonderful" and "hideous". His last work before he was admitted to a mental hospital was the Geistervariationen, a set of variations on a theme he believed had been dictated to him by spirits.

Beethoven’s “Fate” Symphony is one of the most famous musical compositions of all time, written at a time in which the composer’s deafness was becoming more acute. “Thus Fate knocks at the door!” Beethoven is supposed to have said about the opening gesture that is so well known to listeners today.

INFORMATION

WHEN

Fri 9 Mar , 18:00–19:00
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VENUE

Harpa
Austurbakka 2
101 Reykjavík

LOCATION