Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (choral)

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G.H. Ellis, 1882 - 55 pages
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Page 8 - The master, though placed in the midst of this confluence of music, heard nothing of it all, and was not even sensible of the applause of the audience at the end of his great work, but continued standing with his back to the audience, and beating the time...
Page 5 - I enclose a setting of the Feuer-farbe on which I should like your opinion. It is by a young man of this place whose talent is widely esteemed, and whom the Elector has now sent to Vienna to Haydn. He intends to compose Schiller's Freude, and that verse by verse.
Page 8 - Ungher, who had sung the contralto part, turned him, or induced him to turn round and face the people, who were still clapping their hands, and giving way to the greatest demonstrations of pleasure. His turning round, and the sudden conviction thereby forced on everybody that he had not done so before because he could not hear what was going on, acted like an electric shock on all present, and a volcanic explosion of sympathy and admiration followed, which was repeated again and again, and seemed...
Page 6 - I've got it, I've got it.' Holding out his sketch-book, Schindler perceived the words, ' Lasst uns das Lied des unsterblichen Schiller singen...
Page 48 - ... and ornamented by the softest and most delightful bits of harmony from the wood and violoncellos. At once, with fuller accompaniment, the chorus repeated this last. The solo voices again, while the violins fairly sparkled with trills, and the flutes, clarinets and stirring drum marked the time. " Joy all living things are drinking ; Nature's breasts for all do flow ; Good and evil all unthinking, On her rosy way we go. Kisses gave she, vine-crowned leisure, Friend in death, aye true to friend...
Page 27 - The first three movements might have had another Finale — indeed, they nearly had one (see No. 18) ; and it is not necessary to attempt to reconcile either the opening Allegro, the Scherzo (so called), or the Adagio with the train of thought and feeling suggested by the Ode which is embodied in the latter portion of the work.
Page 7 - You see, for some time past I have not been able to write easily. I sit and think, and think, and get it all settled ; but it won't come on to the paper, and a great work troubles me at the outset ; once get into it, and it 's all right.
Page 25 - dwarfs every other first movement, long or short, that has been written before or since', attaining its stature, in his opinion, by a perfect balance in the organization of its parts. And Grove goes further still (Beethoven and his Nine Symphonies): 'Great as are the beauties of the second and third movements — and it is impossible to exaggerate them — and original, vigorous and impressive as are many portions of the finale, it is still the opening Allegro that one thinks of when the ninth symphony...
Page 48 - Who cannot,— oh, let him weeping Steal away and live alone. Joy all living things are drinking, Nature's breasts for all do flow: Good and evil, all unthinking, On her rosy way we go. Kisses gave she, wine-crowned leisure, Friend in death, aye true to friends.
Page 49 - ... at the end. Immediately the next movement was taken up. Very softly, but in short, quick notes, and rapid time, a tambourine and the bassoons opened the march. Quickly the whole band joined in. Extremely quiet and delicate, yet full of halfsuppressed joy and gladness. A tenor solo voice, — " Come, joyous as yon orbs in gladness Speed along their paths on high, Brother, come ; away with sadness ; Let us on to victory.

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