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The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra.  We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.

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Saturday January 26th 2019, 7:30pm

Our January programme includes representatives of the great Romantic tradition of the German speaking countries. Picking up where we left off in the last programme the Tragic Overture of Brahms represents the kind of orchestral model that Dvorak followed but it is moodier, in a Romantic spirit, and more consciously constructed with classical instincts. We then follow the line of mentors and ‘students’ back to Schumann who was key in Brahms’s early career. Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro for piano and orchestra, a ‘mini concerto’, of 1850, has been overshadowed by the earlier Concerto in A minor but is a fine example of the composer’s late style. This Germanic orchestral programme culminates in the superb example of late Romantic expansiveness and depth of expression, Bruckner’s Symphony No.6.

Brahms, Tragic Overture

Schumann, Introduction
and Allegro

Bruckner, Symphony No. 6


Lizzie Hoskin




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