Notes on Music
2:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Name Day

            Works by Beethoven are as familiar to music listeners as those by any composer.  But I imagine not many of us have heard his seldom played concert overture, Zur Namensfeier, or Name Day Overture, composed in 1815. 

A “name day” celebrates the day associated with one’s given name, in this case, St. Francis of Assisi, the name day of the Austrian emperor Franz I.

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