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Symphony No.1 (1st. Movement - Part 1) by Beethoven. Sheet music for Violin, page 1.

Beethoven - Symphony No.1 (1st. Movement - Part 1)

Sheet music for violin

Info: Beethoven began to work intensively on the symphony in 1799, completing the work the next year. The symphony, though enthusiastically received at its premiere, already carried portents of the composer's coming radicalism. At the time, some observers commented upon the work's prominent use of wind instruments, but few noted the first symphony's masterstroke; it opens with the "wrong" chord -- a dominant seventh of the subdominant key of F major, and not the expected tonic chord of C major. The opening movement begins with the celebrated discord mentioned above, which ushers in the slow introduction, questioning and insistent. It leads to the start of the exposition, again interrogatory in character. Fanfares add a martial flavor to the music, which is offset by the more lyrically inclined second subject group. The exposition is repeated, according to Classical convention, and the development that follows is terse and far more acerbic in the manner and does not allow the same contrast between songful and martial elements. The beginning of the twelve-bar introduction of the first movement is sometimes considered a "musical joke". For example, the English musicologist Donald Tovey has called this work "a comedy of manners".[8] In fact, Symphony No. 1 can be regarded as a result of Beethoven's bold musical experimentation and advancement which he presents five years after Haydn's last symphony and twelve years after Mozart's final Jupiter Symphony: Unusually, Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 starts with a sequence of repeatedly accentuated dominant–tonic chord sequences, however, in the "wrong" key and untouching and leading away from the tonic, so that the listener only gradually realizes the real key (or home key) of the symphony.
Opus number: Op. 21
Date: 1799-1800
Artist: Ludwig van Beethoven
Born: 15/16 December 1770 , Bonn
Died: 26 March 1827 , Vienna
The artist: One of the greatest and most radical composers of all time. A tormented genius, who went deaf in later life and never heard his final works. His nine symphones are probably his greatest achievement, each one an unrivalved masterpiece, but he also wrote 5 piano concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets and one opera, Fidelio.
Instrument: Violin
Key: C major
Range: G3 - C6
Time signature: 4/4
Tempo: 40 BPM
Duration: 2:05
Pages: 2
Difficulty: Intermediate
Style: Classical
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