The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) will hold two concerts this month, featuring Prokofiev’s *Symphony No. 1 in D major on February 17 and Beethoven’s best dramatic works, *Leonore Overture No. 3 and *Symphony No. ° 3 in E-flat major Eroica Symphony 17 on February 21 at Katara – the cultural village opera.
Prokofiev’s *Symphony No. 1 in D major was composed as a modern reinterpretation of the classical styles of Haydn and Mozart, and remains one of his most popular works.
The performance, conducted by Andreas Weiser, will also feature Dvorak’s *Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”, although it is more widely known as the New World Symphony.
It was written while the composer was living and working in New York and is said to have been inspired by Dvorak’s reflections on his American surroundings.
Weiser, a graduate of the Berlin University of the Arts, was a finalist in the first Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition held in Italy in 1985.
While on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, he also studied with Václav Neumann at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1984).
A year later, he became the second conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 1990, when the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra chose him as its principal conductor, he became Germany’s youngest musical director.
Weiser has conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prokofiev’s *Symphony No. 1 is referred to as the Classical Symphony, a name given to it by the composer himself, because of its many classical inspirations, both in structure and in orchestration.
He elegantly blended elements of the old and new style to create the general sense of balance, lightness and brilliance so characteristic of the gallant style without forgetting to give his music a bold and playful sound, like Haydn l ‘would have liked.
Meanwhile, Dvorak’s *From the New World Symphony was completed in early 1893.
The title and the context of this major piece place it a priori under the spotlight of the early influence of Native American music, where the Afro-American predominance coincides with the rise of ragtime.
This filiation of the piece has aroused some controversy.
An article published in the *New York Herald on December 15, 1893 (just before the premiere), quoted Dvorak as saying, “I didn’t actually use any of the melodies. I simply wrote original themes embodying the particularities of Indian music. , and, using these themes as subjects, developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, counterpoint and orchestral color.”
The QPO also presents a concert featuring two of Beethoven’s best dramatic works: *Leonore Overture No. 3 and *Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major ‘Eroica Symphony’ on February 21.
*Fidelio, originally titled *Leonore, is his only opera.
Beethoven produced four versions of the overture to *Fidelio, although *Leonore Overture No. 3 is considered the most powerful and theatrical of the overtures.
His *Symphony No. 3, also known as the *Eroica Symphony because of its supposed heroic nature, was premiered in 1805 and was larger and more intense than the usual symphonies at the time.
The piece is one of Beethoven’s primarily instrumental works and is considered a turning point in the history of music as it marks the beginning of the second period of his career.
Originally, Beethoven intended to dedicate his symphony to Napoleon whom he had long admired, but Beethoven was disappointed when Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804.