Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2/8 Beethoven's 8th: "So much better!" (Color Analysis)

After all this time I just realized I don't have one single post on Beethoven's 8th Symphony - and that's one my favorites, too!

From Wiki : When asked by his pupil Carl Czerny why the Eighth was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven is said to have replied, "because the Eighth is so much better." A critic wrote that "the applause it [the Eighth Symphony] received was not accompanied by that enthusiasm which distinguishes a work which gives universal delight; in short—as the Italians say—it did not create a furor."

Sadly under-rated even today, the 8th has a regal and energetic 1st movement, a novel "metronome-like" 2nd movement, a 3rd movement characterized by a "drunken" minuet, and a 4th movement which takes off at full speed and includes some hilarious hairpin harmonic turns.

So here comes my new favorite standby, the color waveform analysis....pictures (especially moving ones) are worth a thousand cadence descriptions... Another thing worth mentioning is that this performance was conducted by Felix Weingartner, who was the first to record all 9 Beethoven symphonies to disc.  In fact Weingartner even wrote a book describing the correct way to conduct Beethoven: "On the Performance of Beethoven's Symphonies".  I chose a recording from archive.org so that those annoying Youtube ads would not pop up....

SYMPHONY No.8 in F major, Op.93 (1812)
Conductor : Felix Weingartner, Vienna Philharmonic
Columbia 78rpm Set M-292 (CHAX 89 - 94), Recorded February 25-26, 1936, Digital transfer by F. Reeder
 
0:00   1. Allegro vivace e con brio
7:15   2. Allegretto scherzando
10:53 3. Tempo di Menuetto
15:00 4. Allegro vivace



Movement 1: Allegro vivace e con brio
Exposition
1st Theme (BROWN)
Bridge (BLUE)
2nd Theme (GREEN)
Cadence Section (MAROON)
Development (VIOLET)
Recapitulation
1st Theme (BROWN)
Bridge (BLUE)
2nd Theme (GREEN)
Cadence Section (MAROON)
Coda (PURPLE)

Movement 2: Allegretto scherzando starting at 7:15
1st Theme (OLIVE)
2nd Theme (BLUE)
Cadence (DARK GREEN)
1st Theme (OLIVE)
2nd Theme (BLUE)
Cadence (DARK GREEN)
Coda (VIOLET) 

Movement 3: Tempo di Menuetto starting at 10:53
Part A (Minuet) (PURPLE)
Part B (Trio) (VIOLET)
Part A (Minuet) (PURPLE)

Movement 4: Finale starting at 15:00
Exposition
1st Theme (BROWN)
2nd Theme (BLUE)
Development 1 (PURPLE)
Recapitulation 1
1st Theme (BROWN)
2nd Theme (BLUE)
Development 2 (PURPLE)
Recapitulation 2
1st Theme (BROWN)
2nd Theme (BLUE)
Coda (MAROON)

Some more analysis notes: http://musicianmatters.com/music-analysis/beethovens-symphony-8/

1 comment:

  1. I have it in a book in real good cond.Its in a hard book cover and has 3 albums in sleeves.

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