Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21
Dedicated to Gottfried Baron van Swieten, who had been one of Mozart’s most important patrons in Vienna.
Typical performance = 22 – 29 minutes.
Winds: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
Brass: 2 horns, 2 trumpets
Percussion: 2 Timpani in C and G
Strings: Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Cellos, Double basses
You might like to follow the score as the symphony plays.
First movement: Introduction: 0:00 – Sonata form: 01:13
Second movement: 08.37
Third movement: 14:14
Fourth movement: 18:25
First Movement. Adagio molto [“Very slow”] / Allegro con brio [“Fast, with energy”]. C major. Sonata form w/ slow introduction.
Second movement. Andante cantabile con moto. [“At a walking pace, lyrically, with motion”] F major. Sonata form.
Minuet. Allegro molto e vivace. C major
Finale. Adagio / Allegro molto e vivace [“Very fast and lively”]. Sonata form w/ slow introduction.