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Thursday Night Music: Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:45 pm

He didn’t actually write one, of course — but he did write sketches, and Beethoven scholar used them to flesh out a conception of what the first movement would have sounded like:

I have always enjoyed this, just as I enjoy the attempts to realize the fourth movement of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.

This is not Beethoven, exactly — but if you have never heard it, you might be surprised. It’s neat.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

9 Responses to “Thursday Night Music: Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. I’ll give y’all the Bruckner Ninth finale soon. Anyone here a Bruckner fan? He’s one of my very favorites.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  3. Ah yes, this is the stuff that his son Christopher Tolkien Beethoven found while rummaging through the papers in the old man’s desk drawer and pieced together to form a whole composition, right? Just kidding. This is pretty good, actually. (As is Christopher Tolkien’s work, for that matter.)

    JVW (5de783)

  4. You know, there actually is a short quartet movement of Beethoven’s that I just learned about yesterday that was indeed found while rummaging through papers — n a small house in England in 1999. I learned about it yesterday for the first time. I can find only one performance of it and no score online (it’s 23 bars in length) and the performance is in .ram format (Real Audio). I wanted to make that my Thursday night music last night, but I spent about an hour last night trying to figure out a way to play the short piece on my computer and failed. It’s here if anyone wants to give it a try.

    So I decided to go with another little-known Beethoven(ish) work instead.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  5. One of my favorite videos concerning Beethoven: Andras Schiff on why the 22nd Sonata (often derided) is actually beautiful:

    To hear a great, uninterrupted version, find Richter.

    harkin (5243a2)

  6. Another Bruckner fan! I recall someone saying that with Bruckner “you have to be in it for the long haul.” Bruckner is not for the impatient. Then a musicologist who didn’t like Bruckner sniffed that every phrase is eight bars long (and that Bruckner had a strange obsession with counting tiles on the neighbor’s roof). Okay, but they’re really good bars. Particularly the opening bars of the Seventh, which tell you right upfront: “The next hour is going to be great.”

    Radegunda (6e40d5)

  7. The Beethoven quartet BBC links are dead. The movement can be heard (played by computer-generated sounds, I fear) at…

    CMouse (582eb9)

  8. This is pretty good, actually. Love it…

    run 2 online (20f336)

  9. Thanks, CMouse.

    Patterico (115b1f)

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