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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

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The popular opinion seems to be that Beethoven’s 2nd symphony is further down the road of innovation than his first. The much extended and rich Adagio introduction of the first movement, the witty and humorous sforzanti in the scherzo, and … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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Beethoven’s first two symphonies are mostly inheriting the form and style of classical era works. Indeed, many consider Beethoven as an innovator bridging classical and romantic times, and these two pieces reflected just that early phase of his long period … Continue reading

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“Winter Daydreams”: Tchaikovsky’s 1st

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Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, was completed in 1874; it took him 8 years to complete after he started writing it in 1866, when he was only 26 years old. Though not necessarily the most famous … Continue reading

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