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  •  thanks (13+ / 0-)

     every time I get to listen to this work - not nearly enough - I am stunned by how many original ideas Beethoven seemed to pour into it -  the long wait for the main motif of the first movement - the singular ethereal nature of the 2nd movement - and well - I will wait for the next installments.

      Thanks for all the nice work Maestro.

    •  It has so much energy (5+ / 0-)
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      I remember why it was my favorite when I was in HS.  I would spend hours listening to it.

      I do think it is E major.  Even Beethoven wouldn't go from A to F, and the sharps don't go away.  :)  I look forward to the rest.

      When shit happens, you get fertilized.

      by ramara on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:12:11 PM PDT

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      •  The A-C-F thing is well known, (3+ / 0-)
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        in the Seventh, but I'm not 100% sure about my own guitar tuning and identifications in the diary.  E does make a lot more sense, but then there's this from wikipedia:

        The work is known for its use of rhythmic devices. It is also tonally subtle, making use of the tensions between the key centres of A, C and F. The second movement is in A minor with episodes in A major, and the scherzo is in F major.

        I learned about the C-A-F thing from liner notes to the first Beethoven 7 album I owned way back in the Dark Ages.  But I've never actually tried to sit and pluck my way through it before, hehe.  

      •  what leaves me astounded (5+ / 0-)
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         about Beethoven - is that within the overall theme or framework he establishes - like, here, in the Seventh, as you  note, the embodiement of energy, is all the little things he has going on "beneath the surface" if you will.

           Yet all of the little ideas or expositions always contribute to the narrative drive of the piece as a whole.  

        •  Leonard Bernstein (2+ / 0-)
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          in his Young People's Concerts, did one on the concept of development.  He used Brahms' Second, last movement.  He illustrates the techniques of development, making longer, making shorter, cutting the theme until it is only one note, inversion - all the things we think of - and he only goes through the exposition!  It's amazing to see what is going on.  Beethoven does the same thing - a theme is already developing in the exposition, and all sorts of things to be developed later as well.

          (The whole series is available at Netflix.)

          When shit happens, you get fertilized.

          by ramara on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 09:41:03 AM PDT

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