Beethoven Symphony no.9, op.125 ‘Choral’
30/11/2014, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Audiences have always responded to the emotive power of Beethoven’s music, and the composer himself frequently referred to his music as ‘tone-painting’. The personal anguish of Beethoven’s life fed itself into his music, encouraging its heroism, idealism and, in later years, its contemplative solitude. Beethoven’s last symphony is full of remembrances of past concerns and ideals. But it refuses to be tied down by them. Ten years after the end of the Napoleonic wars and at the age of fifty-three, Beethoven is not seeking to remind his listeners of former times, but to present them with a struggle and, ultimately, a vision that is timeless. The fourth movement, Beethoven’s setting of Schiller’s ‘To Joy’ is well-known and well-loved the world over.
‘Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium!’
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