This concert is supported by Dunard Fund.
Written at a turbulent time in the composer’s life - confronted by war, unrequited love, and financial difficulties - Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony exemplifies the tragic yet otherworldly genius associated with Beethoven’s music. Its highlight comes in the second movement where this unrest seems to pour out in a slow, dark, searingly beautiful form. The movement is often played on its own, and is frequently heard on film and television soundtracks, most recently the 2010 film The King’s Speech. The opening five bars of his Fifth Symphony – perhaps the best known musical motif ever written – are startlingly direct and provide the impetus for the unrelenting forward motion of the whole symphony. The symphony further distanced Beethoven from the traditions of the Classical period and firmly positioned him at the forefront of the transition to Romanticism. Its prominent use of trombones, piccolo and contrabassoon heralded significant advances in orchestration and is arguably one of the most influential pieces in the history of music.
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