On this day, back in 1803 — or, to put it another way, a mere 78,893 days ago — the world heard the first performances of the 32-year-old Beethoven’s Second Symphony, Third Piano Concerto, and dramatic oratorio ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives’.
The concert featured Beethoven himself as piano soloist in the concerto, and as conductor of the symphony and the oratorio.
The whole event took place in Vienna, in the Theater an der Wien — a venue that was a mere two years old in 1803 … and, of which, little beyond the name exists today: only a tiny portion of the original building survives as part of the ‘Theater an der Wien’ that now occupies the site — and nothing at all remains of the set of rooms that were actually made available to Beethoven free of charge…
April 5th, 1803. That wouldn’t have been a bad day to be hanging about in Vienna.
Not a bad day at all.
Apparently it was a Tuesday…
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