Coriolan Overture, Op.62 (8:24)

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The Coriolan Overture (German: Ouvertüre Coriolan, op. 62) is a composition written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1807 to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s 1804 tragedy.
The structure and themes of the overture follow the play very generally. The main C minor theme represents Coriolan’s resolve and war-like tendencies (he is about to invade Rome), and the tender E-flat major theme represents the pleadings of his mother to desist.
Coriolan eventually gives in to tenderness, but since he cannot turn back having led an army of his former enemies to Rome’s gates, he kills himself.

It was premiered in March of 1807 at a private concert of the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. The fourth symphony and the fourth piano concerto were premiered in that same concert.

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