All Beethoven symphonies are equal…

This is the last post in our little run on the music of Beethoven and I am going to deal with all nine of his symphonies in one go. This is because I think they can in some ways all be said to be the same.

What? I hear you cry. How can you say such a thing? you may ask. What about the one that sounds like a walk in the country (the pastoral (number 6))? Or the one with singing in it (number 9)? Or the one that goes Da, Da, Da, Daaaaaaaaaaa (number 5)?

Yes, I know. Calm down. Each and every one is fabulous and wonderful, with it's own unique identify.

So why the same? Well, you know what you are going to get with any Beethoven symphony. A massive envelopment in a luxury blanket, plus a large mug of hot chocolate (with all the trimmings). You can put your feet up and just wallow for an hour or so. And yes, some are more equal than others, because we are allowed our favourites. I think mine is number 3. Beethoven originally dedicated this work to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he declared himself Emperor, whereupon Beethoven, disgusted with this show of superiority, tore up the title page of the manuscript and gave it the title Eroica.

It is not surprising that Beethoven's symphonies are among the most popular works in the whole of the classical repertoire, both to play and listen to. It has been a total pleasure to work my way through all nine for Project LT. Like spending time with a group of old friends.

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5 thoughts on “All Beethoven symphonies are equal…

  1. I read the most fascinating biography on Beethoven. What an interesting person. Not really very nice. He’s hard for me, because whenever I go to a concert of his music, I cry. He music is just so indescribably beautiful & complex & melancholy in a moving way.
    Thank you for these educational & interesting posts.

    1. How amazing it was for someone to produce such beautiful music even when he had trouble hearing it, and latterly could not hear it at all. No wonder there is so much emotion in every bar, which can be felt when listening to a performance or playing something oneself. I’m with you all the way on this!

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