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Beethoven variants

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Reiner Torheit
« on: May 04, 2009, 09:18:27 pm »

Reiner, what do you think of a recent suggestion that the piece which is described by Kinsky/Halm as the Introduction to Act II of the incidental music for Tarpeja (WoO2 b), actually is a prelude for Act III of Leonore?
Reports of the premiere mention such a piece, but Leonore as we know it now doesn't contain a prelude of what kind whatsoever.

I'm afraid I don't know either the piece in question, or the scholarly discussion which refers to it :(   I'm a practitioner rather than an academic, and although I try to make it my business to "know my stuff" on operas which I am staging,  I've yet to work on either FIDELIO or LEONORE, sadly.  (But I am open to offers if anyone is reading this  ::) )   I was dimly aware that several of the recreations of LEONORE have proceeded with slightly shaky source-material for the performance - it would not surprise me at all to find that parts of the work have fallen away or become disused.

BTW I completely agree with you about this awful practice of using Leonore III as a "curtain-raiser" for Act II of FIDELIO!  It cuts the legs from under the "big moment".   I think we have to look at FIDELIO as a separate work to LEONORE (despite the relationship between the two pieces), and it's a slightly more "philosophical" piece than LEONORE...   at its heart is the theme "HOPE".  Even when that hope seems dashed, it comes unexpectedly in the bugle-call that announces the Minister's arrival...   if we hear that bugle-call before the right moment, Beethoven's carefully-wrought psychology is destroyed :(
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