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The finale Allegretto is entitled 'Shepherds song - joyful thanksgiving after the storm. The rondo eventually comes to a climax in the coda, though the true emotional climax occurs in the closing bars, with the hushed transformation of the rondo theme and the distant horns echo the opening theme once more before the movement ends simply, and humbly, with two short chords.

Background details: Although Beethoven had considered the production of a seventh symphony as early as , possibly intended for Count Oppersdorff, it was not until that Beethoven finally started sketching such a piece. By then he had in mind not one but a set of three symphonies. The sketches reveal that the 7th and 8th Symphonies were realised side by side, although the 7th was finished first with the main body of writing being undertaken and completed in the spring of The sketches of also reveal some preliminary attempts at what was to become the choral section of the 9th Symphony. Beethoven had hoped that the 7th Symphony could be performed at the time of the Pentecost in , but the project fell through and it was not until the 8th of December , that the piece was first heard at a charity concert in aid of Austrian and Bavarian troops wounded in the battle with Napoleon's army at Hanau.

The timing of the concert was perfect, such jubilant and victorious music at a time of public relief when Napoleon's army was all but smashed. By all accounts it was a stupendous success and the whole concert was repeated four days later. A correspondent from the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung attended both and wrote "the applause rose to the point of ecstasy. Musical outline: In one respect the 7th Symphony could be a summation of Beethoven's symphonic experience during his so-called middle period: it included the daring rhetorical style of the 3rd and 5th, yet also includes structural and lyrical aspects developed from the 4th and 6th.

A strong sense of rhythmic motion pervades the whole work, though the description of the Symphony by Wagner as 'the apotheosis of the dance' is perhaps too narrow. Like the 4th Symphony, the piece opens with a slow introductory section, though that of the present work is a more commanding 'Poco Sostenuto' compared to the 'Adagio' of the 4th. This rather vague marking has led to a great divergence in interpretation regarding the tempo of the opening.

However if one pays attention to the motive strength of the semiquaver scales that appear alongside the opening minims, one should deduce that the 'sostenuto' should not be overdone. The opening is linked to the main sonata form 'Vivace' by a series of solitary exchanges between the wind and the strings that almost brings the music to a complete halt, until the dotted rhythm on the 'Vivace' is gently generated.

This rhythm is then maintained vigorously throughout the remainder this barnstorming movement of energy on a cosmic scale. The keys of C major and F major play an important role in the development and indeed are a unifying factor in all four movements. In the coda the bizarre grinding bass which led Weber to declare Beethoven 'ripe for the madhouse' serves to build up enormous tension before the release of the final climax.

Then follows the slow movement in the minor key Allegretto. From the outset this movement was of great popularity with the audiences of the day, and to have it repeated at concerts was the norm. On occasion it was even substituted in place of the existing slow movements of his earlier symphonies during performances of these works!

In reality, however, the movement is not 'Allegretto', but 'Andante'. This can be maintained on two levels - firstly, on the original printed musical parts the second movement were marked 'Andante', and early reviews indicated this also. Somehow, in later editions of the score, 'Allegretto' had been substituted.

That Beethoven was aware of this error is reported by Schindler who stated that "in later years the master recommended that the first designation be restored. The movement is quasi-variational in design, the theme being the haunting and melancholic march, with two intervening pastoral episodes in the major featuring the clarinet. It was typical of Beethoven to use a march-like Andante theme as the source for a variation movement, but not an Allegretto. By definition Andante Italian for 'to go' or 'to walk' is the ideal tempo for such a march as this; Allegretto is altogether something more lively.

The variants themselves are confined to accompanying figures, for the theme itself is always present. The theme eventually takes on a fugal form that develops to a climax before the coda scatters the theme quietly amongst the instruments. The third movement is a scherzo Presto in F major. Here the sense of motion is accelerated with great energy. Apparently the theme for the trio has its origins as an Austrian Pilgrim's Hymn. Whether this is true or not, it has led to the common practise of playing the trio in a most drawn-out fashion most unlike Beethoven's slight reduction in tempo in the score to 'assai meno presto'.

The fact that the trio is played twice in full and hinted at again in the coda does not favour a lengthy conception of the trio.


The finale Allegro con brio is in sonata form. The semiquaver swirl of the first subject has its origins in Beethoven's arrangement of the Irish round-dance 'Save me from the grave and wise' WoO No. The second group explores unexpected minor key territory with equal force.

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In the development the victorious move to C major occurs yet again. Further harmonic twists occur in the recapitulation before the coda fires up the whirlwind once more. Here an interesting passage occurs where the first theme is passed back and forth between the first and second violins. The true effect of this can only be appreciated if the first and second violins are separated and placed to the left and right of the conductor.

This is evidence that Beethoven's wrote his music baring this layout in mind, and indeed all of his orchestral compositions benefit from the separation of the violins. In the closing phase we experience two monstrous climaxes using the full force of the orchestra before the book is closed in an appropriately tidy fashion. The best version on period instruments. Period of composition: - Date of Publication: , by Steiner. Background details: Work on the 8th Symphony began alongside that of the 7th in However the lions share of the work was done in at Linz, with the final touches completed in the summer.

At this time it seems that the 8th was to be the second of a prospective trio of symphonies, the third to be in D minor, but the 8th was completed on the threshold of a barren period for Beethoven and it was not until that the third symphony Op. The 8th Symphony was premiered on 24th February , at a concert in the Redoutensaal, Vienna. Also on the programme were the 7th Symphony Op. A report in the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung states that while the 7th and Battle Symphonies brought the house down, the applause for the 8th, from which great things were expected, "was not accompanied by that enthusiasm which distinguishes a work which gives universal delight; in short - as the Italians say - it did not create a furore.

Musical outline: The reason for this relative 'failure' to satisfy the audiences anticipation after the glorious 7th? Yet much has been made of its apparent shortcomings - the work is the shortest of the symphonies in length, and is in many ways a retrospective piece like that other F major work, the quartet Op. It was typical of the highly original Beethoven to compose a new work in a contrasting style to its predecessor in the genre, especially when the compositions were published in groups of three as had been Beethoven's original concept.

Thus it would be natural for him to contrast a vast work with of high gravity like the 7th with a shorter piece of somewhat lighter gravity, though not lighter quality, for in reality the 8th Symphony is an absolute masterpiece, no less 'new', no less serious, no less masterly than what has gone before. The first movement is the extreme of pace and vitality - 'Allegro vivace e con brio'.

From the outset we realise that here the relative shortness of the work is the result of a fundamental concept that unites the whole composition - that of extreme compression. There is no room here for the 'indulgence' of a slow introduction, we are thrown straight into the action with a self contained theme. The initial motif plays no further part in the following exposition but is used to great effect in the development. The compression and consiseness is maintained in the novel second group which has I wide range of contrasting textures and cross-rhythms.

At the development an immense force of energy is released on an almost frightening scale before the reassurance of the recapitulation. The coda closes on a humorous note, as the opening motif is casual thrown aside. In performance it is fundamental that the 'vivace e con brio' is fully observed for the true energy of the movement to be realised. The two 'internal' movements of the Symphony are unique in Beethoven's symphonic ouvre, but similarities exist elsewhere, as in the Piano Sonata Op.

The first of these is the 'Allegretto scherzando' whose staccato repeated wind chords are humorously accompanied by fleeting melodies on the strings. The nature of the movement is said by Schindler to have been influenced by a canon he wrote for Johan Nepomuk Maelzel, who had recently invented the metronome, though there is some evidence to suggest that the symphonic idea came first.

One could say that the movement is a throwback in style to a more Haydnesque form of wit, but the nature of the movement is unique in the symphonic world and wholly appropriate within the context of the composition. The third movement also bears a consciously retrospective air with its explicit title 'Tempo di Menuetto'. It is pastoral in nature. A two note 'hunting call' playing an important role in the 'minuet', while the trio is more relaxed, with a beautifully flowing melody in the upper strings contrasted with the 'hunting' French horn and a more vigorous bass figure.

Another retrospective feature is Beethoven abandonment the now typical five part structure where the trio is played twice, but one could say an expansive five-part format is redundant within the context of this work of high compression. The delicate opening of the finale Allegro vivace belies what is in fact a rather weighty piece of extreme pace which matches that of the opening movement.

It posesses an unusual structure of an extended sonata-rondo with two developments and two recapitulations. An important feature is the out-of-key fortissimo C sharp which bizzarely intrudes on the vigorous main theme. The second subject provides a contrast of joyful relaxation. Beethoven provides interesting colour effects by having the timpani tuned to octave Fs, an effect he was to repeat in the scherzo of the 9th Symphony. In the closing bars the intrusive C sharp is eventually put out of the picture by a continuous repetition of the F sharp chord which closes the work. As with the first movement, the vivace tempo should be observed to its fullest extent in performance for the point of the movement to be realised.

Background details: Few compositions have had such a long and chaotic gestation period as that of Beethoven's 9th Symphony! As early as Beethoven made notes in his sketchbook regarding a Symphony in D minor, which would along with the 7th and 8th, have completed his planned trio of symphonies. Also at this time he penned ideas regarding sections of Schiller's Enlightenment poem 'An die Freude' Ode to Joy for use in an orchestral setting, although Beethoven had in fact considered putting the 'Ode' to music throughout his career as a composer.

Further sketches for the scherzo fugato appeared in and Then in Beethoven developed a plan for another symphony with chorus based on religious texts which, typically, came to nothing. During considerable progress was made on the first movement, with the earlier scherzo ideas being carried through virtually unchanged.

At this time there was nothing of the slow movement, but we do find sketches of the 'Ode' theme noted as being 'for the finale. The main body of composition was undertaken in , with the first half of the year devoted to completion the first movement, followed by the second in August and the third in October.

Considerable progress was also made on the setting of Schiller's 'Ode' although even at this stage Beethoven was still considering an purely instrumental finale. A melody in D minor was sketched that was eventually to see the light of day, slightly modified and transposed into a different key, in the finale of the quartet op. Beethoven eventually made a firm decision on the choral version and was completed in sketch form by the end of , and written out in score during February The premiere of the 9th Symphony was made at yet another monumental concert, at the Royal Imperial Court Theatre on May 7th, The other pieces performed were the grand overture 'Weihe des Hauses' op.

Although the performance was far from perfect the performers having only two rehearsals , and as strange as the music must have sounded to the audience, the effect of the symphony was overwhelming on the audience and the applause was tumultuous. Beethoven, in his deafness oblivious to this reception, had to have his attention drawn by the alto singer Karoline Unger who pulled his sleeve and directed his gaze towards the clapping hands and waving hats. Published ed. Christopher Morris as No. Christopher Morris; Greensleeves , arr. Christopher Morris see Choral Works; Musette , arr.

The Willow Song trad. For voice and pianoforte. Adieu German, trans. Foxton Ferguson. Soprano and baritone duet with pianoforte. Think of Me German, trans. Cousin Michael German, trans. Jean Renaud French, 15c. The Jolly Ploughboy Sussex folk-song. Arranged for TTBB unaccompanied. Arranged for unison singing with pianoforte. Down among the Dead Men trad. The Spanish Ladies trad. Arranged for voice and pianoforte. Arranged for mixed voices SATB unaccompanied. Folk Songs for Schools Arranged for unison singing with pianoforte accompaniment. Folk Songs of England, V. Folk Songs from Sussex Editor.

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Cecil J. Collected by W. For mixed chorus SATB unaccompanied. The Dark-eyed Sailor English folk-song. Unison song with pianoforte accompaniment accompaniment. Just as the Tide was Flowing English folk-song. Unison song with pianoforte. Arranged voice and pianoforte. Wassail Song English folk-song. Arranged for unison voices with descant and orchestral accompaniment in the cantata. Sharp and RVW. Eight Traditional English Carols Arranged for voice and pianoforte. An unaccompanied version of each carol for mixed choir. The Turtle Dove Arranged for male voices, with pianoforte ad lib.

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Solo part for tenors and baritones, chorus TBB. Our love goes out to English skies Patriotic Song. Twelve Traditional Carols from Herefordshire Collected, edited and arranged for voices with pianoforte accompaniment, or to be sung unaccompanied. Edited and arranged for unison voices or SATB, with soprano solo, with pianoforte accompaniment. The Mermaid Trad. Arranged for SATB with soprano solo, unaccompanied, or unison with pianoforte accompaniment.

Heart of Oak Attrib. Garrick; melody by William Boyce. Arranged for unison singing with pianoforte accompaniment, for male voices TTBB unaccompanied. Arranged for male voices TTBB unaccompanied. Loch Lomond Scottish air. Arranged for male voices TTBB with baritone solo, unaccompanied. Arranged for male voices T. With pianoforte accompaniment ad lib.

Words and melody from Cecil J. Ca the Yowes Burns. Scottish folk-song arranged for tenor solo and mixed chorus SATB unaccompanied. High Germany Folk-song. Arranged for male voices, with pianoforte accompaniment ad lib. Solos for tenor and bass. Arranged for clarinet, pianoforte, triangle, and strings. Arranged for male voices TTBB with baritone solo. Epithalmium John G. Brainard, set to an old English air, slightly adapted, for Carl Stoeckel. The Lawyer English folk-song, collected by George Butterworth.

Arranged by RVW for unaccompanied mixed voices. Bach, freely arranged for pianoforte by RVW. An Acre of Land English folk-song. For male voices, TTBB with pianoforte accompaniment. Arranged for unaccompanied mixed voices. The World it went well with me then Trad. The Ploughman English folk-song. Arranged for male voices TTBB with pianoforte accompaniment ad lib. Folk Songs, Volume II.

Compiled by Cyril Winn. Two English Folk Songs Arranged for voice and violin. Six English Folk Songs Arranged for voice and pianoforte. My Soul Praise the Lord W. Kethe, slightly adapted. Hymn arranged for chorus SATB and unison singing with descant, and organ or strings and organ. For soprano and bass, mixed chorus SATB , and orchestra.

All those parts of the service that belong to the congregation are set to traditional melodies. All Hail the Power Perronet. Shrubsole , arranged for unison congregation , mixed chorus SATB with organ or orchestra. Arranged in October for unaccompanied mixed voices. Alfred Scott-Gatty. Arranged for unaccompanied mixed chorus.

Arranged for violoncello and strings. Fen and Flood Charles Cudworth. Cantata for male chorus TTBar.

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B and orchestra by Patrick Hadley; arranged for soprano and baritone soloists and mixed chorus. Membership Secretary. To publicise your concert click here. Journal Editor To send us articles. Concert Resources Officer advice re: organising your concert. List of Works. Each displays its own unique mood. Vaughan Williams did not number his symphonies but designated them with either a name or a key signature. A Sea Symphony For soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, and orchestra.

Symphony No. Andante non troppo Moderato 7. Scherzo: Presto 8. Andante 9. Allegro con brio Andante assai Allegro brusco Andante Allegrissimo The A—Z of Classical Music 3rd edition has been expanded to include even more composers and bonus music tracks. The page illustrated book details the lives of hundreds of composers, from Aaltoila to Zwilich, via Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others.

Like the range of Naxos recordings itself, this set highlights the extraordinary breadth of classical music and its masters across the centuries; it is a rich and inspiring resource for everyone! Largo ma non tanto Parnas Tanc Pillow Dance Piano Sonata No. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio Symphony No. Poco allegretto 6. Poco allegretto Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. Finale Piano Trio No. Andante con moto tranquillo Piano Quintet In A major, Op.

Thema with Variations. Thema with Variations String Quartet No. Allegro vivace Fruhling Adagio 3. Rondo: Allegro non troppo Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto - 5. Quasi adagio - 6. Allegretto vivace - 7.

Piano Quartet No. Piano Concerto No. Rondo a la krakowiak, Op. Szimfonikus percek Symphonic Minutes , Op. Prelude in C sharp minor 1. Largo ma non tanto 2. Parnas Tanc Pillow Dance 3. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 4. Marche au supplice 5. Playful Pizzacato 7. Simple Symphony, Op. Impromptu No. Fetes 9.