Beethoven's 'Ninth Symphony' celebrates 200 years to the rhythm of bagpipes and muiñeira | Culture | EUROtoday

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It was on May 7, 1824. That day music exploded from the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna. Then what some contemplate as we speak a world anthem, the most well-liked melody, sounded: the Ninth Symphonyby Ludwig van Beethoven. It was the composer's first look on stage in 12 years, and, after all, every part was offered out. Two hundred years later, those self same compositions will probably be performed once more within the National Auditorium of Madrid to have a good time that milestone, and never in any manner, however with a well-liked tribute that can function an orchestra of 100 musicians, 250 non-professional choir singers gathered on stage and even a bagpipe band. “Someone who sings cannot leave this life without singing the novena“, expresses the director of the recital, Ramón Torrelledó, between rehearsal and rehearsal.

The concert, organized by the publisher The sun bed and which will be held in the symphony hall of the National Auditorium of Madrid on Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., is presented as a tribute to the most popular musical diversity, from Beethoven's symphony to the vibrant compositions of zarzuela and the Galician tradition . During the two hours of the recital, the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ramón Torrelledó, will jump across these two eclectic centuries of classical music, which unite Beethoven with the Spanish romanticism of the composers Ruberto Chapí and Gerónimo Giménez. The culmination will come with the symphonic poem The muiñeira for symphonic orchestra and voice, where classical joins Galician music accompanied by the Royal Band of Pipers of Orense, directed by Xosé Luis Foxo.

“It is not news that the Novena, because it is played every day in some concert in the world, but the twist we give it is the popular music that accompanies it,” explains Torrelledó: “The popular is what inspires classical music, and this is one of the most popular that exists. It is the universal work, the only one declared World Heritage, the anthem of Europe and the one that inspired all the music that has come after,” explains the conductor who founded the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra on February 4 at the National Auditorium as an excuse to push to the public to classical music through the most unusual paths. “It is our tribute to the most popular composer that we pay from Spain,” says this musician, who was a member of orchestras such because the Bucharest Philharmonic, the Moscow Symphony, the Cairo Opera Symphony and the European Concert Orchestra. Now he needs to assist Beethoven be identified from all types of angles, devoted to everybody who admires him, even with out understanding him, and appreciates each flip.

The conductor Ramón Torrelledó, in Madrid, in 2019.
The conductor Ramón Torrelledó, in Madrid, in 2019.SANTI BURGOS

The final aim is for the general public to be moved, whatever the music. “I can't stand Led Zeppelin being separated from Beethoven, that types of music are treated differently through labels. Many times there has been a war between the classic one, which said that what was popular had no value, and the modern one, which pointed out that the other was elitist. Our foundation is to reach everyone,” explains the conductor born in Castro Urdiales, who remembers that already in the 19th century the “purists” did not allow the fourth movement of the Ninth Symphony to be played because they saw “the incredible innovation of including voices like an insult”. Even Beethoven was accused of being popular as a negative thing: “There was a prejudice and Beethoven broke it. It also included something prohibited until his arrival: percussion instruments with indeterminate sounds such as the triangle and the bass drum.

“The Ninth Symphony It is the musical breath that helped me love music, to move me. Because it is one thing to study it and another to love it,” explains Torrelledó, who has fused for this big day the Ninth Symphony with a bit of his soul, by means of the poem The muiñeira, composed as a tribute to the Galicia that the economist, author and editor Javier Santiso, his buddy, knew from France: “It is a nightmare combination of somebody who’s in France, however thinks of Galicia. That unbelievable feeling of how Galician tribes unite wherever they’re. For this it’ll sound united from the favored track I will provide you with to Beethoven's ninth. A door with out prejudices to all kinds of music. As occurred in that packed corridor of the Vienna theater in 1824. Music that has been well-liked for 200 years.

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