Second Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist and lived from (1770-1827) mostly in the “Classical Period” (1750-1820). Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and started playing the piano at an early age and by the age of twelve he had several piano compositions published. By the age of 22 he left Bonn, Germany amid rumors of war coming from France to study with Joseph Hayden a very prominent composer in Vienna and shortly after he arrived he learned his father died. His works include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. The second movement of Beethoven’s symphony No. 9 starts with a short loud distinct open with the strings and timpani. Then a soft fast melody is played by the strings and gradually gets louder as different parts of the orchestra join in with the strings then flutes and the contrabass with a steady under beat and then the brass joins in. Now the whole orchestra joined in playing a unified beat they build up very loud with the timpani joining in then it gets soft for just a few seconds and cuts back to the sharp melody with different parts of orchestra going back and forth as if having a conversation. There is a contrast of soft and melodic with fast and sharp as if teasing the audience cause the second movement is traditionally a slow lyrical movement but instead he puts a scherzo movement in as if he switched the second and third moments. There is one final build at the end then soft for just a second with a loud abrupt ending. I like this piece of work because it’s what Beethoven was most known for and just making his own style. Based on this work I would listen to more of Beethoven’s music .he also played a lot of his music in minor keys which I am a fan of. Beethoven brings this piece to a satisfying but abrupt end for my taste some might not like

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