The Shape of a Symphony2.docx

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The Shape of a Symphony Pt. 2 Oct. 15
A Musician comes to Vienna
- Ludwig van Beethoven, born in Bonn, Germany, 1770
- Raised by an abusive musician father, who wanted him to be a (profitable) virtuoso
- In 1792, he left for Vienna to make his way
Intensifying the classical
- The overall shape remains, so does a commitment to statement, tension, and resolution
- But the scale and intensity are very different
What youll hear
- Greater contrast
- Greater tension
- Sometimes, more of a sense of violence
- More intense rhythmic drive (especially fast movements)
- A concern for unity across a whole work
- Musically: transitions
- Psychologically: From struggle to triumph
- This shifts weight towards the end
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