02.02.2020 to 02.02.2020 | Side programme

5th Symphony Concert of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra (2/2)

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

Symphony No. 3 E flat major op. 55 'Eroica'


If Beethoven gave the genre symphony the accolade that it was to carry into the 20th century, then the Third Symphony was the first heroic deed decisive for this. Not only because it received the epithet "Eroica" ("the heroic") when it went to press in 1806, but also because it represented something decidedly new in terms of access, balance, size, form and composition. In a way, Beethoven found himself here and created a work that is unparalleled. It was as if a larger scale had taken hold, affecting not only the length of the performance, the instrumentation and the degree of development of the musical material, but also the development of energy and the expressiveness of the music. Whether it was his admiration for the strong man in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte, that tipped the scales, the hope for a new social order or the growing desperation in the face of his incipient deafness - or all of these things together, is rather secondary in view of the result. His first symphony, the starting point for this development, was also anything but a youthful work. In sonatas and smaller forms, the almost 30-year-old composer had developed the language for the "supreme discipline", had made Mozart's tonal aesthetics and Haydn's treatment of themes his own, had not closed his ears to the influences of French music either, and in April 1800 he presented a symphony of great maturity that attracted a great deal of attention. While the Third was Beethoven's first significant step into the future, the first represents a kind of stock-taking, at the same time sounding out the traditional.


Lampingstraße 16
33615 Bielefeld

Admission prices

16 € / 18,50 € / 22 € / 26 € / 28 €
Children and young people up to the age of 18, pupils, students, trainees, federal volunteers and FSJ, FPJ and FÖJlerII up to the age of 27, wheelchair users and their companions and severely disabled persons with ID B and their companions receive a reduction of 50% off the normal price.

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Theater- und Konzertkasse
Altstädter Kirchstraße 14, 33602 Bielefeld
Ticket phone 0521 51-5454


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