we continue today our special Famous Overtures, here at Musica in Extenso with a classical piece from the genious composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Today on Musica in Extenso:
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Overture to “Egmont” op. 24
Conductor: Kurt Masur
A powerful, dramatic and expressive work, that was written as a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, between October 1809 and June 1810.
We can observe, that the composer focused on a very impressive orchestration and an authentic sounding experience. The overture is fulfilled with dramatic lines. This overture appears very frequently in concert halls and it has become as famous a composition as the Coriolan Overture.
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It’s time to continue our special Random Contemporary Music series (4th Edition!), here at Musica in Extenso. Today we can experience
a wonderful choral piece of a genious contemporary composer, Ola Gjeilo. I think
I don’t have to talk about this piece, instead I suggest you to read the
composer’s own words:
“Northern Lights is my most Norwegian
production in years; composed in an attic outside of Oslo at Christmas time in
2007, it’s one of the few works I have written in Norway since I moved to New
York in 2001. The U.S. is my home now, so I guess my work has been increasingly
reflecting my love for American music, writing and scenery. Most of all, this
piece and its text is about beauty. About a ‘terrible’, powerful beauty,
although the music is quite serene on the surface:
Pulchra es amica mea,
suavis et decora sicut
terribilis ut castrorum acies
Averte oculos tuos a me
quia ipsi me avolare fecerunt.
Thou art beautiful, O my love,
sweet and comely as Jerusalem,
terrible as an army set in array.
Turn away thy eyes from me,
for they have made me flee away.