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Napoleon was too complex

Hold on to your hats and glasses, folks, this week’s BSO concert looks goood.

  1. Samuel Barber, Essay No. 2, Opus 17
  2. Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” (arr. by Mahler, with instruments and dynamics added, to which I say hmmm but I’m willing to give Mahler the shot ’cause he’s Mahler)

So what we have here is:

  1. Barber showing us he’s way more than just an adagio.
  2. Prokofiev playing with the concerto form and kicking all know forms of ass because that’s what he DOES.
  3. Beethoven scrapping a dedication to Napoleon for being too much of a narcissist (hello, alleged pot! Meet alleged kettle!) and ultimately composing about the hero in general. Beethoven, I think, has just the sort of tortured grandeur to be the perfect person for it.

Quite the lineup, no? There are two performances, one on Thursday, November 11, the other Friday, November 12, both at 8 pm at the Meyerhoff. Catch it before they take it to Carnegie Hall! (They got there by practicing.)


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


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