National Theater of São Carlos Rua Serpa Pinto, 9 · 1200 – 442 Lisbon
February 22, 2019, 9:00 p.m.
Scenes in the Mountains, Vianna da Motta [1868-1948] Metamorphosen, Richard Strauss [1864-1949] Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”, Ludwig Van Beethoven [1770-1827]
Musical direction Pedro Neves
Portuguese Symphony Orchestra
Master holder Joana Carneiro
Given its versatility and deep culture, José Vianna da Motta personified the “complete musician” idealized by his teacher and friend Franz Liszt. Celebrated as a pianist, Vianna da Motta also dedicated herself very early to composition, being considered as the initiator of national music. Scenes in the mountains, op.14, a piece for string formation, dated 1898.
Another play for strings of this concert is Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen written during the end of World War II and whose premiere took place in January 1946. The general structure of the play is based on a slow introduction, a faster central section and a return to section time initial similar to the structure of his symphonic poem Death and Transfiguration, op.24 composed in 1889.
The Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op.55 with four strokes by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed between 1803 and 1804. It is regarded as an important milestone in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic period. It was initially dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, who for Beethoven embodied the democratic and anti-monarchist ideals. However, the dedication was withdrawn when Napoleon was crowned Emperor of France.