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Inside The Music of Brahms Symphony No. 3 with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andrew Grams

Inside the Music: Brahms Symphony No. 3

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Join the ESO and Music Director Andrew Grams for a deeper look at Brahms Symphony No. 3 with Inside The Music. In the first half Maestro Grams will break down what makes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3  so unique (without going over anyone’s head), then after intermission hear the full piece played from beginning to end by the orchestra!


April 3 at 7:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center – Elgin, IL



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NOTEworthy Concert Facts

  • Hans Richter, who conducted the premiere of Brahms Symphony No. 3, proclaimed it to be Brahms’ Eroica. The symphony was well received, more so than his Second Symphony. Although Richard Wagner had died earlier that year, the public feud between Brahms and Wagner had not yet subsided. Wagner enthusiasts tried to interfere with the symphony’s premiere, and the conflict between the two factions nearly brought about a duel.
  • A musical motto consisting of three notes, F–A–F, was significant to Brahms. In 1853 his friend Joseph Joachim had taken as his motto “Free, but lonely” (in German Frei aber einsam), and from the notes represented by the first letters of these words, F–A–E, Schumann, Brahms, and Dietrich had jointly composed a violin sonata dedicated to Joachim. At the time of the Third Symphony, Brahms was a fifty-year-old bachelor who declared himself to be Frei aber froh, “Free but happy”. His F–A–F motto, and some altered variations of it can be heard throughout the symphony
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