Fate Now Conquers: Carlos Simon
Siegfried Idyll: Richard Wagner
Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”: Ludwig von Beethoven
Music from an exciting new composer, the brilliance of Beethoven, and a sweet expression of love from Wagner are featured in our second concert.
Carlos Simon says he was influenced by an excerpt from Homer’s Iliad that he found in one of Beethoven’s journals – “But fate now conquers, I am hers…” – as well as the fluid harmonic structure of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The result is frenzied arpeggios and free-flowing running passages in Fate Now Conquers depicting the uncertainty of life that hovers over us. The piece was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2020.
A mother and son theme informs the second piece on the program in Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (1870.) Originally titled The Tribschen Idyll, the symphonic poem presented in sonata form celebrates private joys, domestic bliss, and the birth of a son. It has been described as a sumptuous piece of music that expresses his paternal and romantic love.
Beethoven’s brilliant Symphony No. 3, Eroica, closes the program. It is considered a milestone work of classical-style composition and marks the beginning of the Romantic period in classical music. Gigantic in scope, the symphony covers a wealth of emotional ground thematically and launches Beethoven’s creative middle period, unrivaled for its astonishing output.