12 March 2013

The Speed of Emotion

Seriously,  listening to this makes me tear up and laugh at the same time--it just happens to me.

More on Beethoven's "revotionary music."

From The Beethoven Project:

“The metronome markings [for the Missa Solemnis] will be sent to you very soon. Do wait for them. In our century, such markings are certainly necessary; moreover I have received letters from Berlin informing me that the first performance of the [ninth] Symphony met with enthusiastic applause, which I ascribe largely to the metronome markings…” (Letter to Schott, Dedember 18, 1826)

(from Cliff Eisen, "Notation and Interpretation", A Performer's Guide to Music of the Classical Period, Anthony Burton Ed., ABRSM Publishing)

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