Biography Of Ludwig Van Beethoven 's ' Symphony '

964 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Ludwig Van Beethoven’s monumental “9th Symphony” was his crowning achievement from his long career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwpbcL8Fmdc is the link to view the concert! This piece was highly controversial, and most people at the time had thought Beethoven had finally gone mad when the truth is, he was just going deaf. While attention tends to focus on the choral finale, the opening of the work is every bit as momentous. He immediately established the key, which served as a logical bridge to the exposition. Never before had I heard a symphony begin with such pure atmosphere and suspense! Beethoven makes his path in the harmony, and every other aspect of the piece, unclear and unexpected. He then teases us with all of the three basic elements of music – tonality, rhythm and melody – which he purposely left receptive to every and all possibilities. An open fifth, the most ancient and mysterious interval of music, suggests either A major or minor in the melody. The melody sounds like a rhythm-less tremolo, (a wavering effect in the tone, typically produced by rapid reiteration of a note, or sometimes by rapid repeated variation in the pitch of a note or by sounding two notes of slightly different pitches to produce prominent overtones.) But it is notated as “sextolets” (groups of six notes played in the time of four). Notes begin to cascade, but this was just mere building-blocks of nascent melody. Gradually but purposefully, these undefined elements that we got from…
Open Document