La Folle Journée de Varsovie: HEILIGENSTADT TESTAMENT 1802 (29)

Chamber concert

    Duration: 60 min.

    • Free passes available on concert day

    Tickets go on sale on 1 September 2021, 11 a.m.


    Variations and Fugue for Piano in E-flat major, Op. 35

    Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2 The Tempest


    Jonas Vitaud – piano

    Heiligenstadt, today a part of Vienna’s 19th district, back in Beethoven’s time his suburban refuge, saw a powerful crisis in the composer’s life in October 1802. Why would a nearly 32-year-old man at the height of his creative powers write a letter which he called his Last Will and Testament and address it to his brothers? Beethoven could have been overwhelmed by loneliness and the growing fear of permanent hearing loss. He even suggested in the letter that only his art held him back from taking his life. Simultaneously, the end of the same year brought us the magnificent and joyful Second Symphony, Variations for Piano, Op. 35 on the much-loved theme from the Eroica, and the first drafts of the Third Symphony. The French pianist Jonas Vitaud will perform a repertoire that reflects Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt struggles.

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    • Patrons of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

    • Partners of the Opera Academy