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The Coriolan Overture (1807) by Ludwig van Beethoven to Henrich Jospeh von Collin’s 1804 tradgedy.

The main C minor theme represents Coriolan’s resolve and war-like tendencies (he is about to invade Rome), and the tender E flat major theme represents the pleadings of his mother to desist. Coriolan eventually gives in to tenderness, but since he cannot turn back having led an army of his former enemies to Rome’s gates, he kills himself.

Thc Coriolan Overture will be performed by Richard Tognetti and the ANAM orchestra 27 November 2010 at the BMW Edge Federation Square, Melbourne (which has sold out!)

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