Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major

🎼🎶 Wednesday, May 22, 2024
For sheer joy and exuberance, nothing can compare with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, in A major. It was premiered in December 1813 at a charity concert for the benefit of soldiers wounded at the Battle of Hanau, and was an instant success.
Beethoven told  the concert-goers, "We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us."
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Beethoven Eroica variations, Opus 35

🎼🎶 Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Beethoven composed variations throughout his life, choosing themes that reflected changing tastes and times. Many of the earlier variations were on arias from popular operas by Mozart, Paisiello, Salieri, and others. In 1802, he published the amazing "Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme".

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Notice on the Daily Beethoven

Update: May 20, 2024
Given the stressful condition of not only the arts, but the world as a whole today, we will begin to repost or post new Daily Beethoven offerings from time to time to help lift the spirits. It is also useful to repeat the words of Riccardo Muti here when he reappeared with the Chicago Symphony after many months of the attempted Covid lockdown on the arts, which unfortunately successful.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus also had to go into isolation then, starting in March of 2020, but we never stopped singing, and produced many incredible virtual performances, and also took the time that summer to present a summer lecture series on music history and poetry.


September 21, 2021

The ongoing location of the Daily Beethoven is our Facebook page:

This was started as a text & email blog by chorus member Margaret Scialdone who has written this daily since the March 2020 (!) Covid lockdown hit the musical performance world particularly hard, right in the midst of the Beethoven 250 year celebrations. Schiller Institute founder, Helga Zepp-LaRouche said that people should find ways to listen to Beethoven daily to maintain our sense of humanity in this isolated condition.

Here are the important and beautiful remarks of Ricardo Muti before the recent Chicago Symphony live performance of the Beethoven Eroica Symphony no. 3. “Without culture the world becomes savage.”

In this context, here is today's relevant Daily Beethoven. We hope you will continue to spread the word and follow this on our Facebook page, as well as continue to generously support our chorus.
🎼🎶 Your Daily Beethoven (and friends)
Among the eleven extant recordings of Furtwängler conducting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the recording of the 1943 performance in Berlin is the most famous, conveying both unspeakable anguish as well as the unshakable faith that humanity would ultimately prevail.
In his closing remarks at his sham “de-nazification” trial, Furtwängler said: “I knew Germany was in a terrible crisis; I felt responsible for German music, and it was my task to survive this crisis, as much as I could. The concern that my art was misused for propaganda had to yield to the greater concern that German music be preserved, that music be given to the German people by its own musicians. These people, the compatriots of Bach and Beethoven, of Mozart and Schubert, still had to go on living under the control of a regime obsessed with total war. No one who did not live here himself in those days can possibly judge what it was like. Does Thomas Mann [who was critical of Furtwängler's actions] really believe that in 'the Germany of Himmler' one should not be permitted to play Beethoven? Could he not realize that people never needed more, never yearned more to hear Beethoven and his message of freedom and human love, than precisely these Germans, who had to live under Himmler’s terror? I do not regret having stayed with them.”
Beethoven - Symphony No 5 - Furtwängler, BPO (1943)
Beethoven - Symphony No 5 - Furtwängler, BPO (1943)

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 3

🎼🎶 Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Beethoven’s first notable work in C major is the piano sonata Opus 2 number 3. With the Opus 2 piano sonatas, like the preceding Opus 1 trios, Beethoven announced to the world that he was not simply a virtuoso keyboard artist, but was a composer of the highest rank.
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Bach WTC book 1 C major

🎼🎶 Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The key of C major is a case of “less is more”: the key signature has no sharps or flats (a characteristic it shares with its relative minor, A minor), and scales are played only on the white keys of a keyboard. The C major scale is divided evenly by F-sharp, the register shift in both the soprano and tenor voices; which may be the reason that Mozart and Haydn composed most of their masses in that key.
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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor

🎼🎶 Monday, September 20, 2021
At the age of 57, Johannes Brahms announced that he was retiring from composition, believing that his creative output had been exhausted. Then he met the clarinetist Richard Muehlfeld, and this led to a collaboration out of which emerged some of his greatest work:
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Bach Mass in B minor

🎼🎶 September 19, 2021
Throughout his life, Johann Sebastian Bach assembled sets and cycles of music: the two books of the Well-Tempered  Clavier, the liturgical calendar of organ chorales, the Goldberg Variations, the Musical Offering, and the Art of the Fugue. The Art of the Fugue was left unfinished, as Bach’s last years were devoted to compiling “the last word” in sacred choral music, his great B Minor Mass.
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Schubert Unfinished Symphony

🎼🎶 Saturday, September 18, 2021
Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, the “Unfinished”, was composed in 1822, almost a decade after the appearance of Beethoven’s 7th and 8th symphonies. Schubert’s work, however, was not brought to light until 1865!
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Bach WTC book 2 Prelude & Fugue in B minor

🎼🎶 Your Daily Beethoven (and friends)
We’ve reached the key of B minor, twenty-fourth in the system of major and minor keys. Ironically, although some of the greatest masterpieces of classical music were composed in this key, Beethoven seems to have avoided it entirely.
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Schubert Serenade

🎼🎶 Wednesday, September 15, 2021
For your enjoyment, here is Alma Deutscher playing Schubert's famous "Ständchen” (serenade) in an arrangement for piano and violin which I stumbled across on YouTube. We'll return to our order of keys from the WTC tomorrow.
Schubert's Serenade

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