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Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo: Choral Fantasy

Milan, Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo — Main Hall

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About the Event

Experience classical music like never before with an astonishing performance of masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven. This remarkable event takes place at Milan's Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo.

The Choral Fantasy Op. 80 is a composition for piano, chorus, and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was composed in 1808 and had its first performance on December 22 of the same year, along with the Fifth and Sixth symphonies, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Beethoven himself played the piano during the performance, while Ignaz von Seyfried conducted the orchestra.

Beethoven had the idea of setting the ode "An die Freude" (To Joy) to music as early as his youth in Bonn. However, this project was not realized until many years later with the choral finale of the Ninth Symphony. In this sense, the Choral Fantasy Op. 80 can be seen as a kind of "dress rehearsal" for the Ninth Symphony. Not only does the theme of the final chorus remind us of the "melody of joy," but the text of the Fantasy, written by Christoph Kuffner, also recalls Schiller's themes of universal brotherhood.


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Program is subject to change


Conductor: Patrick Fournillier
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Piano: Lucas and Arthur Jussen

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.


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