Symphony No. 7, 1st Movement
Uploaded on Nov 18, 2018
The Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1811 and 1812, while improving his health in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice. The work is dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries.
At its premiere, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works. The second movement, Allegretto, was the most popular movement and had to be encored. The instant popularity of the Allegretto resulted in its frequent performance separate from the complete symphony.
The work was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna on 8 December 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. In Beethoven's address to the participants, the motives are openly named: “We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us.”
The piece was very well received, such that the audience demanded the Allegretto movement be encored immediately. Spohr made particular mention of Beethoven's antics on the rostrum (“as a sforzando occurred, he tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder ... at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air”), and “the friends of Beethoven made arrangements for a repetition of the concert" by which "Beethoven was extricated from his pecuniary difficulties.”
The first movement starts with a long, expanded introduction marked Poco sostenuto that is noted for its long ascending scales and a cascading series of applied dominants that facilitates modulations to C Major and F Major. From the last episode in F Major, the movement transitions to Vivace through a series of no fewer than sixty-one repetitions of the note E.
The Vivace is in sonata form, and is dominated by lively dance-like rhythms, dotted rhythms, sudden dynamic changes, and abrupt modulations. The development section opens in C Major and contains extensive episodes in F Major. The movement finishes with a long coda, which starts similarly as the development section. The coda contains a famous twenty-bar passage consisting of a two-bar motif repeated ten times to the background a grinding four octave deep pedal point of an E.
|Key signature||3 sharps|
|Part names||Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Timpani, Strings(5)|
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