Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C-Major, Op. 21

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b Bonn, December 16, 1770; d Vienna, March 26, 1827) Symphony No. 1 in C-Major, Op. 21 1. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 2. Andante cantabile con moto 3. Menuetto, Allegro molto e vivace 4. Finale, Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace   It was 1792, at the age of 22, when Beethoven came […]

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”, Op. 73

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”, Op. 73 [. . .] Beethoven composed his final piano concerto in 1809, near the end of a decade of remarkable output and musical growth. The years 1800-1810, called Beethoven’s “middle period,” produced many of his masterpieces: piano concertos 4 and 5; symphonies 3, 5, and 6; […]

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b December 16, 1770, Bonn, Germany; d March 26, 1827,Vienna, Austria) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 1. Allegro moderato 2. Andante con moto 3. Rondo: Vivace Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto is not a flashy composition, full of bravura or piano pyrotechnics, and in fact, one of its […]

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 in C-Major, Op. 15

Ludwig van Beethoven I. Allegro con brio II. Largo III. Rondo – Allegro scherzando   [. . .] Because of the dogged rivalry of so many other gifted pianists that came to Vienna seeking fame and fortune, Beethoven wrote three piano concertos in quick succession, but withheld their publication in order to keep them secret […]

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3, C-minor, Op. 37

Ludwig van Beethoven   (b Bonn, December 16, 1770; dVienna, March 26, 1827) Piano Concerto No. 3, C-minor, Op. 37 1. Allegro con brio 2. Largo 3. Rondo: Allegro [. . .] “Cramer!” Beethoven is reported to have said, “We will never be able to write anything like that!”  With one piano concerto already completed, a second on […]

Beethoven – “Leonore” Overture No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven “Leonore” Overture No. 3, Op. 72a Leonore is the heroine of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. Dressed as a boy under the nom-de-guerre “Fidelio,” Leonore courageously rescues her husband from the prison [. . .] The most loved of the four overtures, No. 3 borrows primarily from the beautiful aria in which the […]