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An Evaluation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony: Conclusion

Posted by fifthdimension on May 21, 2007

In Symphony No. 9, Beethoven offered to the world a refreshingly new creation wrapped intricately partly as a symphony and partly as an oratorio, an interbreed that baffled his seemingly less daring observers. He showed to his contemporaries and to the generations that followed how to blend music and words. It would be worthwhile to conclude with the words of the late 19th century and early 20th century French composer Claude Debussy: “It is the most triumphant example of the molding of an idea to the preconceived form; at each leap forward there is a new delight, without either effort or appearance of repetition; the magical blossoming, so to speak, of a tree whose leaves burst forth simultaneously. Nothing is superfluous in this stupendous work… Beethoven had already written eight symphonies and the figure nine seems to have had for him an almost mystic significance. He determined to surpass himself. I can scarcely see how his success can be questioned.”

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