Beethoven’s 7th Symphony Allegretto/Second Movement

Beethoven, thankbeethoven God you walked the earth and left us so many immortal, eternal masterpieces.
The second movement of his 7th Symphony (the “Allegretto”) just may be the greatest piece of music ever written, but I’ll be content to say it can’t be beat. Good God, this is just so magnificent, so moving, so thrilling to the soul. I cannot get it out of my head and I welcome it (I had the Ting Tings’ “That’s Not My Name” in my head for a week and though that is amusing, it doesn’t compare).
This video is of Carlos Kleiber conducting. The version I always come back to is his with the Vienna Philharmonic. But they’re all good; there’s some debate on the correct tempo but this source material is almost impossible to screw up. I’d listen to that theme on kazoo and washboard.
I have absolutely no knowledge of the symphony form or classical music terminology but I do know good music when I hear it, and unequivocally, this cannot be beat. I mean, just dig the part around 5:40 and on. God rest his immortal soul, thank you Beethoven!

Some related links:
NPR
A Tiny Revolution – great essay and comments
A cool “Where Did You First Hear It” post and comments

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13 Responses to “Beethoven’s 7th Symphony Allegretto/Second Movement”

  1. Beautiful.

    According to his notes, Beethoven intended this part to be played a bit more than one beat per second (on average). It’s supposed to be contemplative, not ponderous.

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  4. the greatest piece of music i have ever heard. beyond everything Mozart wrote….including marriage of figaro, I’ve never been so moved by a piece of music. I play multiple instruments including piano. I love playing this piece over and over on a synthesizer that is programmed as a full orchestra. It is not a difficult piece to play, even by ear, a good musician can have this memorized in seconds and perform a fare rendition almost immediately. IT’s perfect, simple, to the point, and since one is so inspired by it’s perfection, you can’t help but play beyond your consciousness.

  5. Hallo zusammen. Wirklich ein interessanter Post. Ich wohne mittlerweile seit 4 Jahren in Vienna und bin total zufrieden. Ich habe bereits in zahlreichen Städten wie Stuttgart oder Köln gewohnt. Aber nirgends ist es so schön wie in der Hauptstadt.

  6. Apparently after writing the 7th s, 2nd m, Beethoven was widely regarded as having lost the plot. Many other so called artists just couldn’t hear through the repetition and apparent simplicity of it and so branded him nuts.

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