Haydn & Beethoven
Haydn’s “The Philosopher” takes time to ask questions and propose answers during the opening of this program, with thoughtful dialogue between the English and French Horns – that is, until two thrilling Prestos unleash the full speed of the symphony. Schreker’s Chamber Symphony is a masterwork of color, blending tone to create a gorgeous wash of romantic tone and heart-breaking harmony. We finish with by celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with his cracking Symphony No. 2, which rages as hard as it laughs. The finale will keep you guessing from start to finish – just when you think he’s pumped the brakes, the race is on!
ABOUT THE ART
Gallery talks presented with Joslyn curators at 1 and 1:25 p.m. prior to the concert.
Jean François Pierre Peyron (French, 1744-1814)
The Death of Socrates
1788, oil on canvas
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Museum Purchase with additional funds from the Robert H. and Mildred T. Storz Trust; E. James and Norma Fuller; Joseph and Lenore Polack; First National Bank of Omaha; The Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; Jacqueline Vrana; and Thomas and Cynthia McGowan, 1999.55
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 has been called “The Philosopher,” a title thought to derive from the melody and counterpoint of the first movement, which intimates the dialogic of a medieval disputation. The chorale between the horns and cor anglais is set against a gentle tick-tock of strings that evokes the image of a pensive philosopher. A fitting complement to this classical symphony is Jean François Pierre Peyron’s The Death of Socrates. With clarity and sensitivity, the painting depicts the great philosopher’s moment of heroic self-sacrifice. It is an outstanding example of Neoclassicism, realizing the ideals of antique beauty, civic virtue, and intellectual rigor.