West Road Concert Hall
Sat 3 February
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Ein Heldenleben

Strauss’s epic tone poem plus Rosauro’s Marimba concerto and Holst’s Perfect Fool

Holst The Perfect Fool

Rosauro Marimba no.1

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Marimba - Jordan Ashman

Conductor - Robert Hodge

Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is Richard Strauss’s musical autobiography. On the grand scale of his other well-known tone poems, it includes chapters describing his ‘Adversaries’ (music critics) and his ‘Companion’, a capricious solo violin portrait of his wife Pauline. The chapter entitled ‘The Hero’s Works of Peace’ is an extraordinary musical tapestry containing quotations from Strauss’s other masterworks. In the ‘heroic’ key of Eb major (as is Beethoven’s Eroica symphony), this epic work features, in Strauss’s words, ‘very many horns’.

The concert begins with Gustav Holst’s evocative ballet music from his comic opera ‘The Perfect Fool’, and our concerto slot features Cambridge’s own BBC Young Musician 2022, Jordan Ashman, playing Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto.

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Sat 3 February at 7:30pm


120 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£20 (adults), £10 (students), £6 (children)

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge’s premiere music venues. Ideally situated only minutes’ walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King’s College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.


West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
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3 February 7:30pm – 9:30pm approx 7:30pm – 9:30pm approx Book now