Wellington's Victory, Marches

Wellington's Victory, Marches

Recs.: January - April 1969 Herbert von Karajan

Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ was composed as a set of incidental pieces for the play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe between 1809 and 1810. The play itself depicts the fight between a Dutch warrior (Egmont) and the Duke of Alba. The main themes speak of Egmont’s quest for liberty and justice. Themes that perhaps Beethoven related to given his known love-hate relationship with French Revolutionist, Napoleon. Goethe reportedly gave no indications or references to what he envisioned the musical accompaniment to sound like but on delivery, he noted that Beethoven “had understood and realised his intentions in the passages of melodrama with marvelous genius”.

 

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