Category: Beethoven

Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 (“Für Elise”)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 (“Für Elise”)

WoO = Works without an Opus number Possibility that Beethoven’s poor handwriting led to misreading: “Fur Therese” Form is Rondo – ABACA Bagatelle is French for “a small thing of little consequence” Here is a very nicely nuanced performance by the great pianist Alfred Brendel. Notice his relaxed speed and total control.

Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 “Eroica”

Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 “Eroica”

Composed 1803 Dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz First performed 1805, in the palace of Prince Lobkowitz. Four movements: First movement:  Allegro con brio.  Sonata form. Second movement:  Marcia funebre.  Adagio assai.  Funeral march, very slow. Rondo-like structure – A1 B A2 C A3 D A4 Coda Third movement:  Scherzo.  Allegro vivace.  Triple meter. Fourth movement:  Allegro […]

Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21

Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21

Composed 1799-1800 Dedicated to Gottfried Baron van Swieten, who had been one of Mozart’s most important patrons in Vienna. Four movements Typical performance = 22 – 29 minutes.   Orchestration: 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 […]

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13 (“Pathétique”)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13 (“Pathétique”)

Composed 1797/98 Dedicated to Prince Lichnowsky, one of Beethoven’s most important patrons in Vienna.  Consists of three movements (Fast/Slow/Fast) – no scherzo Demonstrates the turbulent, dramatic style associated with C minor in Beethoven’s music Nickname came from the composer himself who called it a “Grande sonate pathétique.” First movement:  Grave/Allegro molto e con brio. (“Gravely […]

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6

Composed 1798/1800 Dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz, one of Beethoven’s most important patrons in Vienna. Four movements Beethoven and Haydn were in “competition” with these quartets Both composers working on sets of string quartets to be dedicated Prince Lobkowitz Enjoy this recording of the entire string quartet by the Alban Berg Quartet: Times on this recording: […]

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