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Beethoven

Beethoven

for bass voice and ensemble

Texts selected by the composer from "The Letters of Beethoven" collected and translated by Emily Anderson


  • Instrumentation: bass voice and ensemble
  • Language: English

 
Description
‘The letter to the so-called “Immortal Beloved” is the only real love letter to survive from Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s one of the strangest ever written. It more or less says I love and long for you but it’s not possible. The letter is a confusion of longing and desperation, a cry for forgiveness, that she not abandon him, whatever his inability.’ (Gerald Barry)

Gerald Barry’s setting of this famous text is among several of his works surrounding the life of Beethoven, whom he deeply admires. Despite the desperate tone of the letter, the music is buoyant and cheerful, with references to Beethoven’s own Music.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with fiancial assistance from Arts Council England West Midlands and BCMG's Sound Investment scheme
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 16. März 2008 Birmingham, CBSO Centre (UK) · Stephen Richardson, bass · Dirigent: Thomas Ades · Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: afl(fl).ca.cl.bcl.bsn(cbsn)-hn.tpt.tbn-pno-str(1.1.1.1.1)
Performances
2019-05-02 | Manchester (United Kingdom), University of Manchester — 13.00
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-06-02 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-05-27 | Saffron Walden (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-05-26 | Norwich (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Paul Hiller
Orchestra: Crash Ensemble
2010-10-22 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Belfast Festival
Conductor: Paul Hiller
Orchestra: Crash Ensemble
2010-10-21 | Dublin (Ireland), National Gallery | national Premiere
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2010-03-17 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomes Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2008-06-15 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Matlings
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2008-03-16 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre | World Premiere
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‘The letter to the so-called “Immortal Beloved” is the only real love letter to survive from Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s one of the strangest ever written. It more or less says I love and long for you but it’s not possible. The letter is a confusion of longing and desperation, a cry for forgiveness, that she not abandon him, whatever his inability.’ (Gerald Barry)

Gerald Barry’s setting of this famous text is among several of his works surrounding the life of Beethoven, whom he deeply admires. Despite the desperate tone of the letter, the music is buoyant and cheerful, with references to Beethoven’s own Music.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with fiancial assistance from Arts Council England West Midlands and BCMG's Sound Investment scheme
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 16. März 2008 Birmingham, CBSO Centre (UK) · Stephen Richardson, bass · Dirigent: Thomas Ades · Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Year of composition: 2008
instrumentation: afl(fl).ca.cl.bcl.bsn(cbsn)-hn.tpt.tbn-pno-str(1.1.1.1.1)
2019-05-02 | Manchester (United Kingdom), University of Manchester — 13.00
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-06-02 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-05-27 | Saffron Walden (United Kingdom), Saffron Hall
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2017-05-26 | Norwich (United Kingdom)
Conductor: Paul Hiller
Orchestra: Crash Ensemble
2010-10-22 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Belfast Festival
Conductor: Paul Hiller
Orchestra: Crash Ensemble
2010-10-21 | Dublin (Ireland), National Gallery | national Premiere
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2010-03-17 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomes Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2008-06-15 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Snape Matlings
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2008-03-16 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), CBSO Centre | World Premiere
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