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HERE is a cheery work of Beethoven's early manhood. He wrote it when he was thirty-three. It represents a big step forward, in breadth of style and freedom of individuality, from the First Symphony, fresh and striking as that was. There are four Movements, of which we are to hear the Second and Third.
SECOND MOVEMENT. (Slow with breadth.)
This Movement foreshadows, in its style and general thought, much of Beethoven's later music. It is mainly lyrical, and is in ' Sonata ' form. There is in it much delicate and charming Woodwind work.
THIRD MOVEMENT. This is a Scherzo, the successor to the Minuet. Beethoven took this old dance, which had until his time been a fixture in the Symphony, and made it into a skittish Movement, in which all sorts of lively and surprising things might happen. (' Scherzo ' means, literally, ' a joke.')
WE are always hearing of ' the musical temperament,' by which is usually meant a certain sensitiveness, waywardness and excitability. Tchaikovsky, at any rate, had it.
Probably few men. even amongst artistic folk, have been as sensitive as he, or had their feelings, at times. less tinder control. We see this in some of his music, the emotions of which range from wild exuberance to black despair.
None but the Weary Heart is one of his most tragic songs. Its combination of depth of emotion. simplicity and beauty have earned it an honourable place in the repertory of song.
TO MUSIC is an appeal to the ' divine voice ' to enlighten the darkness of the heart, to give strength that grief may be conquered, and to fill the soul with the love of noble things ; then Death itself shall not still the music of the soul.


Conducted By:
Frank Cantell

5IT Birmingham

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