Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by Nicholas Cook

By Nicholas Cook

Beethoven's 9th Symphony is said as one of many perfect masterpieces of the Western culture. greater than the other musical paintings it has turn into a world image of harmony and confirmation. but early critics rejected it as cryptic and whimsical, the made from a deaf and getting older composer. Nicholas Cook's advisor charts the dramatic transformation within the reception of this paintings. the tale starts in Vienna, with the responses of listeners on the first functionality, and leads to modern China and Japan, the place the symphony has got diametrically adversarial interpretations. The account embraces a number of the significant figures of 19th- and twentieth-century track, between them Wagner and Schenker. together with an account of the sketches, an exam of the functionality culture, and a instructed new interpretation, this booklet opens up new dimensions in our realizing of Beethoven's final symphony.

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Many wept. Beethoven fainted with emotion after the concert; he was taken to Schindler's house, where he remained asleep all the night and the following morning, fully dressed, neither eating nor drinking. The triumph was only fleeting, however, and the concert brought in nothing for Beethoven. His material circumstances of life were not changed by it. He found himself poor, ill, alone but a conqueror: conqueror of the mediocrity of mankind, conqueror of his destiny, conqueror of his suffering.

C. all the known acoustical missile instruments I should conceive were employed, with the assistance of their able allies, the corps of Sforzandos, Crescendos, Accelerandos, and many other os, that they made even the very ground shake under us, and would, with their fearful uproar, have been sufficiently penetrating to call up from their peaceful graves (if such things were permitted) the revered shades of Tallis, Purcell, and Gibbons, and even of Handel and Mozart, to witness and deplore the obstreperous roarings of modern frenzy in their art.

He makes two basic points. ' But Kanne is at pains to distinguish the originality of Beethoven's forms from the superficial novelties of the 'newest composers' (he means the virtuosi like Thalberg), whose 'furious passagework' represents 'a striving for simple externals, for effects that are radiant but merely blind the inner sense of men'. These virtuosi, he says, have reduced music to gymnastics. In saying this, Kanne is associating himself with the classicizing reaction that I mentioned in the previous chapter.

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