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Concert Program AUDIO GUIDE - Beethoven: Coriolan Overture (:59)

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English (North American)

Voice Age

Middle Aged (35-54)


US General American (GenAm)


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This concert begins with music by Beethoven. His Coriolanus overture inspired by the proud and reckless personality of the roman general Coriolanus, depicted in the writings of Plutarch Shakespeare and the german playwright Heinrich von Collin. The story varies a bit by author, but what struck Beethoven was how Coriolanus leads the roman armies to victory and then when his ego rubs members of the roman senate the wrong way, he is banished, but later returns to lead the armies of his former enemies against Rome. Only the entreaties of his mother, his wife, and finally his young son caused Coriolanus to relent and surrender to an inevitable, tragic end. Beethoven considered but did not complete an opera about Coriolanus, but he did leave us this concert overture.