Symphony No. 7, 4th Movement
Uploaded on Jan 10, 2019
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 last movement is in sonata form. According to music historian Glenn Stanley, Beethoven “exploited the possibility that a string section can realize both angularity and rhythmic contrast if used as an obbligato-like background”, particularly in the coda, which contains an example, rare in Beethoven's music, of the dynamic marking fff.
In his book Beethoven and his Nine Symphonies, Sir George Grove wrote, “The force that reigns throughout this movement is literally prodigious, and reminds one of Carlyle's hero Ram Dass, who has 'fire enough in his belly to burn up the entire world.'” Donald Tovey, writing in his Essays in Musical Analysis, commented on this movement's “Bacchic fury” and many other writers have commented on its whirling dance-energy: the main theme is a precise duple time variant of the instrumental ritornello in Beethoven's own arrangement of the Irish folk-song “Save me from the grave and wise”, No. 8 of his Twelve Irish Folk Songs, WoO 154.
|Key signature||3 sharps|
|Part names||Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Timpani, Strings(5)|
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