Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony

By David Benjamin Lev

Beethoven's 9th Symphony, a masterpiece that has prompted virutally each Western composer because its optimal, has develop into linked to the marking of momentous public events. In 1989, chinese language scholars performed its finale via loudspeakers in Tiananmen sq., and Leonard Bernstein led a functionality in Berlin to have a good time the razing of the Berlin Wall. This full of life and up to date publication specializes in Beethoven's 9th, exploring the cultural and musical meanings that encompass this strong paintings of genius. David B. Levy units the scene with a quick survey of nineteenth-century Germanic tradition and society, then analyzes the 9th Symphony intimately, with precise emphasis at the well-known choral finale. He discusses the preliminary performances in 1824 lower than Beethoven's course and lines the symphony's severe reception and legacy. within the ultimate bankruptcy of the booklet, Levy examines interpretations of the paintings by way of in demand conductors, together with Wagner, Mahler, and Weingartner. a completely annotated discography of chosen recordings completes this entire quantity.

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A pupil of Franz Liszt and a successor to Mahler on the Vienna Opera, Weingartner’s contributions to the talk on a ‘‘proper’’ functionality of the 9th Symphony contain an essay, ‘‘On the functionality of Beethoven’s instance π–≥b. 9th Symphony/I, mm. ∞≥π–∞∂∑, woodwinds PERFORMANCE TRADITIONS instance π–≥b.

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