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Stegreif loves those free spirits, revolutionaries and dissenters. All those who had their own ideas about the world and were courageous enough to live them. After #freebeethoven, the orchestra once again dedicates itself to the first self-determined freelance composer in the history of classical music and his third symphony.

Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica" focuses entirely on the French Revolution and its values. Originally composed for Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven decided immediately after the latter's self-coronation, that the tyrant was not a historical hero, nor a suitable dedicatee for the symphony, which itself represents a revolutionary act in music history.

free∃roica is about revolutions - historical and musical - and the heroes they brought forth. The orchestra strives towards them without sheet music, without a conductor and without chairs, and in doing so also looks for the small disorders. For example;these disruptions "only" consist of entering the concert hall without shoes or taking the audience on a journey from 18th century France to the present. Thus, the Eroica is relieved with performance, improvisation and recomposition. Ripped pieces of sheet music, large majestic red cloth, destroyed orchestra positions of chairs and stands… All of these elements break the expectations of the listener to what Eroica was, and as part of the centuries-old canon repertoire, we find a new quest for this Beethoven’s new and bold work.

Foto: Oliver Borchert


artistic lead
Juri de Marco

recomposition & arrangement
Alistair Duncan, Mike Conrad

direction, choreography
David Fernandez

productions manager
Lea Hladka

communications manager
Catriona Fadke

office manager
Ronja Ruppert