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steve brock

14-08-01, 00:26 AM (GMT)
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"Beethoven's Seventh: Coming Together or Apart"
 
   Hi all. I was looking at the Dutch National Ballet's performance of Beethoven's 7th Symphony (at http://www.onlineclassics.com/Work.pasp?txtProductID=7thSymphony&txtCatalog=olc), which has been called the dance symphony. The choreographer, Toer van Schayk, gives the symphony an "idealistic" tone, saying, "it expresses the composer's ecstatic longing to reach the sublime future he was convinced lay ahead at the end of the dark period of the war," but I'm not so sure. I hear it was written for Maelzel's mechanical panharmonicon (automated mechanical orchestral
machine) and was first played in October, 1813, at a benefit concert for Austrian and Bavarian soldiers wounded at the Battle of Hanau.

I don't think, however, it is an idealistic piece at all, as it was written to be accompanied by cannon and musket fire (these orchestrated by Salieri), the rhythm and tone speak to me of a coming apart instead of a coming together. As a result, Toer van Schayk's coreography seems incongruous and borders on being satiristic.

Your thoughts? -- Steve


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Viviane

14-08-01, 12:34 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Beethoven's Seventh: Coming Together or Apart"
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   Steve,
I have never heard about the 'onlineclassics' before !
Can you enlighten something about it ?
Is the 'Beethoven's 7th Symphony' from DNB entirely online ?
There must be a huge difference in quality between the 56K/126K and 300K-version !
And....is it worth the money ?


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eugene merrett

14-08-01, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Beethoven's Seventh: Coming Together or Apart"
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   I think you are confusing Battle Symphony with his Seventh Symphony. The Battle symphony was written to take use of the mechanical trumpet and cannons etc. It is not a great piece but a lot of fun!

The Seventh symphony to which the ballet was set to is Beethoven most danceable symphony - Wagner called it "the Apotheosis of the Dance". It is a truly great symphony - in fact it is my favorite.

The Royal Winipeg Ballet did it 3 years ago. I thought it was jolly good!


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