|Beethoven in 1823|
A radical departure from his earlier eight symphonies in some respects, Beethoven’s Ninth is also a sort of summary of the composer’s genius. He introduced the use of soloists and chorus in a symphonic setting, and proved that such a work needn’t be confined to the half hour or so that was usual.
The Ninth was completed in 1824, at which point the composer was totally deaf – but not at all lacking in enterprise. He took it upon himself to arrange the premiere, a difficult prospect because Vienna had gone crazy for Rossini at this point, and Beethoven feared he couldn’t compete with the Italian, Hearing. of this, Beethoven’s friends got up an ornate petition begging him to present the work in Vienna (not Berlin, as Beethoven was considering).
|Carol Lynn Youtz|
The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will sing the chorus part, under the direction of Tamara Brooks, formal choral director at SUNYA. The Mendelssohn Club will also perform American composer Vincent Persichetti’s “Mass for Mixed Chorus A Cappella.”
Julius Hegyi is the conductor; the concert will take place tomorrow at 8 P.M. at Albany’s Palace Theater.
– Metroland Magazine, 20 September 1984