The Art-Music Forum
September 18, 2020, 11:25:49 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Here you may discover hundreds of little-known composers, hear thousands of long-forgotten compositions, contribute your own rare (non-copyright) recordings, and discuss all the Arts in an erudite and decorous atmosphere full of freedom and delight. To participate, simply log in or register.
  Home Help Search Gallery Staff List Login Register  

Beethoven's LEONORE (1805)

Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: Beethoven's LEONORE (1805)  (Read 357 times)
Level 6

Times thanked: 27
Offline Offline

Posts: 853

View Profile WWW
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:28:00 am »

A peculiar discussion is going on elsewhere - a take-down of Beethoven's finest work, the opera LEONORE (revised as "FIDELIO" by the composer a few years later).
One person's "discussion" is another person's - er - um - oh, never mind...

The opera was written against the background of Napoleonic tyranny throughout Europe - in fact the premiere took place on the day that Napoleonic troops had invaded Vienna. The topic of political prisoners was one that many throughout Europe found easy to comprehend.

For my money, it's the finest opera of the first two decades of the C19th - as a piece of superb music-theatre.
Beethoven's "finest work"? That's a very large claim indeed and not one that I think could realistically be justified; "the finest opera of the first two decades of the C19th" is also a very large claim but I can see no sensible argument against it and, given that it (in both its guises as one, if you will - i.e. "et duobus unus", as Sorabji would have put in albeit in a quite different context!) was Beethoven's only opera, that achievement is surely all the more remarkable.
Report Spam   Logged

Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy