The Symphony Of The Key Of Change

3582 Words Nov 12th, 2014 15 Pages
Christina Cheng
Professor Davidson
MUSIC 89S: Composers of Influence
November 12, 2014
The Symphony in the Key of Change:
The Evolving Symphonic Landscape as Beethoven Influenced It The famed American pianist and composer Les Baxter once said, “Any good music must be an innovation.” Indeed, the works of Beethoven and the successors that he influenced have lived on because they possess a certain quality of enduring musical entrepreneurship. As Beethoven straddled the line between the Classical and Romantic period, he himself acted as both a messenger and a craftsman: translating the techniques of the Classical era to the early Romantic period, only to then transform these techniques into masterpieces that were considered to be radically different. Naturally, Beethoven’s pieces, most notably his symphonies, and the popularity that surrounded them were catalysts in future composers’ lives in that they sparked a curiosity that encouraged these later composers to create groundbreaking pieces of their own. A revolutionary of his time, Beethoven was able to transform traditional ideas about the symphony and create a dramatically different style of symphony that became the standardized form for future composers to follow. These future composers, the Romantic symphonists, played off of Beethoven’s innovations, advancing them even more, so as to define a distinct musical landscape that both drew from and transcended Beethoven’s own symphonic inventions. Using the increasingly…
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