Beethoven’s world is changing. Napoleon’s rise to power creates in Beethoven an initial fascination that evolves into deep disillusionment. His relationship with orchestras and with the aristocracy continues to be challenged, but as a composer, Beethoven begins to transition from the Classical traditions of Haydn to being a leader of the new Romantic movement.
Yet, can Beethoven truly be considered a Romantic or Classical composer? Michael answers this question along with discussing the influence of Beethoven on Wagner and Brahms.
Written, narrated and performed by Michael Chertock
Musical excerpts taken from the following:
L. Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, I. Allegro Moderato
L. Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Opus 73 "Emperor", I. Allegro
L. Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, I.
L. Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in in C minor ("Fate"), IV.
L. Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Opus 73 "Emperor", II. Adagio un poco mosso
L. Van Beethoven: Poco moto (Bagatelle) in A minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise”
Piano excerpts recorded at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
Technical production provided by Tom Hughes Marketing Strategies
© 2018 Michael Chertock