On Tuesday, 4th of April, we will be hosting an excellent
concert by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, based on works of Ludwig Van Beethoven, in the Caixa Geral de Depósitos auditorium (Quelhas, 2
When he moved to Vienna in 1792, at the age of 21, Ludwig van Beethoven built his reputation on his extraordinary piano playing qualities. Only gradually did he gain recognition as a composer. At the same time, he attended violin lessons, probably to get to know this fundamental instrument for orchestral work. His only (and monumental) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, would only be composed in 1806. Before this, he composed several important works, which paved the way to fame. Examples are nine of his ten Sonatas for Violin and Piano (the tenth came later). The first three date from 1797/1798 and gave a glimpse of the prodigal talent of this German musician. There are still two other works that could be said to be preparatory to the above concert: the two Romances for Violin and Orchestra which will be played as an example of his transition from orchestral to piano works. These are two works full of lyricism. Each one allows one to feel the slow tempo of the concert.