Beethoven

13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 05: April 7, 1805: Premiere of Beethoven's 'Eroica'

The first public performance of the Beethoven‘s “Eroica”, the symphony that changed our idea of what music could express. Instead of classical form and rarified beauty, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 lays out the full range of human feelings, from joy and love to hopelessness and pathos.

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13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 04: August 8, 1803: Beethoven and the Piano

The date when Parisian piano maker Sébastien Érard gave one of his sturdy new creations to Beethoven, and the composer was able to set aside his forte piano and write more expressive and emotional music, beginning with the “Waldstein” Sonata. New instruments and new technologies have unalterably changed music many times, but the pace of change quickened in the 20th century, with the record player, the computer and the Internet.

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Ludwig van Beethoven: 'Eroica'

Explore the Eroica score to learn how Beethoven created this masterpiece. Learn how Beethoven wove the themes in Eroica to shape the emotional journey of the music. Find out why keys were so important to Beethoven. Hear insights about the music from MTT and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. And then, explore the stories behind the Eroica.


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October 2006
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica'
IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Six excerpts to the triumphant Fourth movement. Here we have Beethoven the showman, the ultimate improviser who can turn even the most inconsequential of themes into the basis for a masterwork.


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October 2006
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica'
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

The Third movement is all about play, as can be seen and heard in two short excerpts. Amidst the abundance of the fields and vineyards, Beethoven composes his own harvest of joy and affirmation, a renewed embrace of life in all its richness and mystery.


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October 2006
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica'
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai

The moving second movement is shown in four annotated interactive excerpts. This “Funeral March” is a powerful musical evocation of the massive state funerals of the French Revolution. As we see the procession pass before us we ask ourselves the question, “who has really died here?”


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October 2006
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica'
I. Allegro con brio

Excerpts of the score to Beethoven’s Eroica with video notations in the score, and explorations of theme and Beethoven’s use of key. Five excerpts present critical moments in the first movement.


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October 2006
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Ludwig van Beethoven: 'Eroica'

Explore the Eroica score to learn how Beethoven created this masterpiece. Learn how Beethoven wove the themes in Eroica to shape the emotional journey of the music. Find out why keys were so important to Beethoven. Hear insights about the music from MTT and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. And then, explore the stories behind the Eroica.


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October 2006
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Beethoven: 'Eroica'

Beethoven's Third Symphony laid bare his dreams, his fears, and, at its climax, his rediscovered heroism. From his early musical rivalries in Vienna to his terrifying duel with deafness, Beethoven reveals the roots of his genius in this episode of Keeping Score.

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Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 10pm
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Beethoven: Key Distance Creates Tension

Beethoven used modulation, the moving from one key to another, as another way to portray emotion. He would start in the home key and then modulate away from it. The farther he traveled from the home key, the greater the tension and the more the desire to return.


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October 2006
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