THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEETHOVEN

Written by Michael Boudewyns & Sara Valentine
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Designed / Directed by Sara Valentine

Professor Nigel Taproot, the affable and learned classical music aficionado, invites you to an original Really Inventive Stuff program for families celebrating Beethoven, his remarkable age, and four famous notes. Featuring the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a playful peppering of fascinating facts and timely trivia. (Did you know Washington was president during Beethoven's lifetime?  Roller skates were invented, too!) This enlightening performance is a splendid introduction to Beethoven's musical genius.

FEATURED WORK
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

RUNNING TIME
55 minutes

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Symphony in C
February 07, 2020 | 10am & 11:30am

Philadelphia Orchestra
May 02, 2020 | 11:30am

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
May 06, 2020 | 10am & 11:30am

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
May 07, 2020 | 10am & 11:30am

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
May 09, 2020 | 11:00am

PAST PERFORMANCES

UNITED STATES
  Allentown Symphony Orchestra 2018
  Columbus Symphony Orchestra 2017
  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 2013
  Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra 2018
  Philadelphia Orchestra 2016
  Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra 2013
  Salisbury Symphony Orchestra 2018
  Texarkana Symphony Orchestra 2015
  Utah Symphony 2016

INSTRUMENTATION
The instrumentation listed represents the number of parts we will ship at least 4 weeks prior to the rehearsal.
The full shipment includes 46 parts and a script of the narration.  Each orchestra may reduce or add players as needed.

 

STRINGS
Violino I (7 stands)
Violino II (6 stands)
Viola (6 stands)
Violoncello (4 stands)
Contabbasso (5 stands)

BRASS
Corno I (2 stands)
Corno II (1 stand)
Clarino I & II (1 stand each)
Trombone Alto (1 stand)
Trombone Tenore (1 stand)
Trombone Basso (1 stand)

WOODWINDS
Flauto I & II / Piccolo (1 stand each)
Oboe I & II (1 stand each)
Clarinetto I & II (1 stand each)
Fagotto I & II ( 1 stand each)
Contrafagotto (1 stand)

PERCUSSION
Timpani 

The Life and Times of Beethoven was commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  
It premiered on September 29, 2013 at Powell Hall in St. Louis, Missouri
with Maestro Steven Jarvi and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

 

 


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