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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 C Major op. 21

Alter Saal
Direction and Moderation

Ludwig van Beethoven's first symphony was written in 1799 and premiered one year later. It’s composed in C Major, a key that, according to the First Viennese School, stands for enlightenment and a new start. The start of his symphonic compositions marked the beginning of what would become the main part of Beethoven's compositional work. Length, scoring and style of Beethoven’s first are still reminiscent of Haydn and Mozart. Nevertheless, Beethoven already demonstrates his very idiosyncratic manner with musical elements such as motives and form.


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