Nachtklang — Beethoven’s Death: Sadness and Hope

Don Bosco Basel
Friday, 03 February

In their “Nachtklang” series, the Kammerorchester Basel takes you on a late-evening journey into experimental, happy, contemplative, and poetic sound worlds. On this evening, the Kammerorchester Basel (Basel’s Chamber Orchestra) will be playing works by Franz Schubert, Franz Grillparzer, Carl Czerny, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
With the death of Ludwig van Beethoven in 1827, an era came to an end in Vienna; it was a turning point in Viennese musical life. The funeral was similar to a state funeral for a member of the imperial family—schools remained closed and the military had to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Vienna's most important musicians and artists accompanied the coffin as torchbearers, including Franz Schubert.
The impressions of spring and Beethoven's funeral procession seem to have become tangible in Schubert's Trio in E flat major—composed in November 1827—especially in the Andante con moto. Schumann describeed it as a "sigh that would like to increase to the point of heartache."
Also on the program is a reading of Franz Grillparzer’s eulogy for Beethoven that was given In front of the cemetery. It sensitively describes the tragedy of Beethoven's life. But the myth of a national hero is also born and Beethoven is exposed to the danger of becoming an oversized, marble figure. In this concert, it is read accompanied by Carl Czerny’s Funeral March on the Death of Ludwig van Beethoven for Solo Piano, op. 146. Czerny played for van Beethoven in 1800, at age 9. Beethoven recognized his talent and taught him composition and piano playing for three years free of charge.
Beethoven's Third Piano Trio, composed early on, already indicates the entire range of his later masterpieces. Its ending sheds light on an open and positive future.

Tickets are CHF 20, half-price for students.


Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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