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AAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V American Masters, Part VIAn Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part II Autumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on SundaysBach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Baltic MusicBarber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven Piano Sonatas (FREE)Beethoven Quartets Berlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCarnegie Hall, Part 1 (FREE)Carnegie Hall, Part 2 (FREE)Cello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFranck, CésarFrom the Mountains to the Sea (FREE)From This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or MythHoliday CelebrationHomageHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IIII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate Conversations: Conversations with Samuel Rhodes and David FinckelInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanáček, LeošKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes Cinq PlusLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III Liszt, FranzLittle Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please London, The Music of, Part 1London, The Music of, Part 2MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part I (FREE)Mahler, Gustav, Part II (FREE)Maiden Voyages Mendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his ZenithMozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical CryptogramsMusical LandscapesNNationalismNew Releases, Part INew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPorts of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part I (FREE)Proud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String Quartets (FREE)Schubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part II (FREE)Slipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, IgorString Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10Symphony, Part 11TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part I (FREE)Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part II (FREE)The Big Five I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IIThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTo the Finland Station, Part ITo the Finland Station, Part IITone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished Symphonies VVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories ofVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices from the East (FREE)WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater Music (FREE)What Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2You and the Night and the Music
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Bill continues with the early symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, highlighting the massive leap the composer took in composing his Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, titled "Eroica." Whereas Beethoven's previous two symphonies echoed the courtly and modest styles of his teacher Joseph Haydn as well as his idol Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Third Symphony did away with these polite notions in a thrilling and powerful manner. He composed a vast and imaginative emotional landscape that essentially changed the course of music thereafter. His symphony signaled the end of the Age of Enlightenment and the beginnings of what Bill coins the, "age of the individual." Complosers were no longer merely in servitude to royal patronage; they were now prophetic artists.
The Third Symphony had previously been titled "Bonaparte" after Napoleon Bonaparte, whom Beethoven greatly admired. However, once Napoleon had crowned himself emperor, Beethoven tore apart the dedication and renamed the symphony. The symphony's subject was then a former, fallen hero whose funeral is illustrated in the symphony's dramatic second movement.
While monumental in the scheme of music history, Beethoven's new symphonic style was not entirely well received. Many initially viewed his contemporatries, such as Luigi Cherubini and Louis Spohr, to be greater composers, though their works strayed less from standard classical forms.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (excerpts)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, Eroica, excerpts + I
Franz Schubert lived for a mere 32 years, yet he was a remarkably prolific composer, having written hundreds of "lieder", or art songs, as well as nine symphonies. A pupil of Antonio Salieri, Schubert's music, like Beethoven's, marks significant departure from the preeminent composers Haydn and Mozart. Pianist Alfred Brendel described Schubert as a "sleepwalker," for his ability to evoke dreamlike, immersive atmospheres in his music with incredible skill and ease.
Schubert's symphonic career follows a similar trajectory to Beethoven's in that they both composed nine symphonies, each being more long and complex than the last. Whereas Mozart and Haydn each composed dozens in quick successon, 19th century symphonies started taking longer to compose due to their increasingly personal and introspective nature.
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, I + II (excerpt)
Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica/Végh
7:16 + 3:26
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b minor, Unfinished, I
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, I (excerpts)
Berlioz: Harold in Italy, I
Nat’l Orchestra of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
Berlioz: Queen Mab Scherzo fr. Roméo et Juliette
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 1 in C Major, II
English String Orchestra/Boughton
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, II
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, IV
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur
Berlioz: Harold in Italy (excerpt)
Nat’l Orchestra of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Italian, II
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, VI
Marlboro Festival Orc/Casals
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (excerpts)
Berlin Phil/ Levine
Schumann: Symphony in g minor, Zwickau, I
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart/ Marriner
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in Bb Major, Spring, I