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The Beethoven 9
15 minutes | Dec 3, 2015
Symphony No. 9: A Joyous Epic
Its power and sheer ambition influenced and intimidated scores of composers who followed Beethoven.
16 minutes | Nov 25, 2015
Symphony No. 8: A Musical Look Back
A fun, almost comical, moment before Beethoven stepped away from the symphony for a decade and wrote his ultimate triumph.
14 minutes | Nov 20, 2015
Symphony No. 7: Rhythm And Restlessness
Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony pulses with rhythmic invention. The reliance on the beat gives the piece an immediacy that rivals the music in any of Beethoven's symphonies.
17 minutes | Nov 13, 2015
Symphony No. 6: A Walk In The Country
Ludwig van Beethoven followed his percussive, brooding Fifth Symphony with an ode to nature. Yet Symphony No. 6 is more than just a summer stroll.
17 minutes | Nov 7, 2015
Symphony No. 5: Four Indelible Notes
It's one of the most famous musical passages ever written. Ludwig van Beethoven starts his Fifth Symphony with four percussive notes, then spends the next four movements inventing new ways to make them sing.
16 minutes | Oct 31, 2015
Symphony No. 4: Unfairly Overlooked
Symphony No. 4 is more direct than the groundbreaking "Eroica" but still has many moments of brilliance. It's a crowd-pleaser.
18 minutes | Oct 31, 2015
Symphony No. 3: Dedicated To ‘The Memory Of A Great Man’
With the "Eroica," Ludwig van Beethoven expanded the idea of what a symphony could be. The man who helped inspire the symphony? Napoleon Bonaparte.
15 minutes | Oct 30, 2015
Symphony No. 2: Desperation and Determination
Ludwig van Beethoven's Second Symphony came at a pivot point in his life. Musically, the composer moved toward the more epic, revolutionary style that would define his later symphonies. Personally, Beethoven sank into despair as his hearing loss worsened.
14 minutes | Oct 28, 2015
Symphony No. 1: A Great (But Not Groundbreaking) Start
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote symphonies that introduced new musical ideas, inspired generations of composers and expanded the idea of what a symphony could be. But he started modestly. His First Symphony, written in 1800, pays tribute to his predecessors.
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