Beethoven, thank 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!
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