PRODUCTION #freeroica

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The STEGREIF.orchestra loves them, the free spirits, revolutionaries and dissenters. All those who had their own ideas about the world and were not afraid to live them. After #freebeethoven, the orchestra once again dedicates itself to the first self-determined freelance composer in the history of classical music and his third symphony.

Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica" focuses fully on the French Revolution and its values. Originally composed for Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven decided immediately after the latter's self-coronation that the tyrant was not a historical hero and not a suitable dedicatee for the symphony, which itself represents a revolutionary act in music history.

#free∃roica is about revolutions - historical as well as musical - and the heroes that produced them. Without notes, without conductor and without chairs, the orchestra strives towards them, also looking for the small transformations - and may these "only" consist of entering the concert hall without shoes or taking the audience on a journey from 18th century France to the present. In this way, the Eroica is brought to life again with performance, improvisation and recomposition. Broken measures, oversized props and unusual orchestral setups make Beethoven's quest for the new and unexpected tangible in a work that, as part of the centuries-old canon repertoire, no longer breaks with today's listening expectations.

Photos: Oliver Borchert

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