The Structure, Form, And Compositional Techniques Of Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Pianist, Composer

This paper will focus on the structure, form, and compositional techniques of Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op.21. Beethoven was a German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. He was widely considered the greatest composer of all time. He was an innovator, widening the scope of the sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combining vocals and instruments in a new way. His personal life, was marked by the struggle against deafness. During his last 10 years of his life, he composed his most important pieces when he was quite unable to hear. He died in 1827 at the age of 56. Beethoven’s first symphony consisted of four movements and was published in 1801 as Op.21. It received its first performance in 1800, which was Beethoven’s first public performance as a performer and composer in Vienna. This marked the revolution of Beethoven’s career. He started this symphony at the age of twenty-five, and at the age of twenty-nine the symphony premiered. The first movement of Beethoven’s first symphony uses a slow introduction and the orchestra resembles that of Haydn, who was also Beethoven’s mentor before he passed away, which follows the sonata form.

Introduction (m.1-12) The symphony is in the key of C major, but he begins the first measure with a V7-I, perfect cadence in F major but bar two begins with a G7 chord. In the next…

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