The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers in the history of music. To celebrate the anniversary, the Arriaga Theatre will focus on the First Viennese School, a name used to refer to the Classical period in Western art music in late-eighteenth century Vienna, and the Second Viennese School, the group of composers revolving around Arnold Schoenberg in early-twentieth-century Vienna. Beginning with Beethoven himself, one of the most prominent musicians of the First Viennese School and a forerunner of the Second, the programme honours the greatest composers of the Viennese School, especially in the field of lieder.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was a renowned composer when he became the tutor of Beethoven in Vienna. Beethoven was his pupil from 1792 to 1794, when Haydn returned to London. Theirs was a tempestuous relationship. Beethoven was an impetuous young man, an idealist and an original composer. His qualities were too much for an ageing Haydn, more interested in his own compositions than in his pupils at the time. With time, however, they came to admire each other.

Beethoven and the Viennese School – Foyer Space


The team

Tenor: Manuel Gómez Ruiz

Piano: Rubén Fernández Aguirre

Reciter: David García


7: 30 pm.


€15 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: 25% discount.
Groups, young people, over 65s, job seekers, large families, and people with a disability of more than 33%: 20% discount.
Wheelchair users: 50% discount (seated in a proscenium box with a companion).