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Composer of the Month

Ludwig van Beethoven


Early Period - Listen to these works. Do they sound similar to the music from the Classical period?

Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 1 



Sonata in C major, op 2, #3



Middle Period - Do these works sound different to you? What do you notice about how they were composed? Do they feel grander, more emotional?

Symphony No. 3 in C Minor



Pathetique Sonata, op. 13



Late Period

Symphony #9 - notice how long this symphony is - about an hour. To listen to each movement go to these spots on the recording:

mvt 2 - 13 minutes, 15 seconds
mvt 3 - 25 minutes
mvt 4 - 36 minutes, 25 seconds - This movement includes the famous "Ode to Joy" sung by a chorus. You can hear the low strings begin this melody just before minute 39. The melody then moves around the different sections. Listen as it gets fuller and louder. The singer comes in just before minute 42.

This one movement is longer than many Classical symphonies. Haydn's entire "Farewell" symphony usually takes around a half hour to perform!


Sonata No. 29 in B flat major


Other great works by Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 - Can you hear the famous motif in the first movement?


Easier works for piano

Russian Folk Song - played by a young student


Ecossaise in G major (played by a student)



Fur Elise - played with an orchestra accompaniment


piano alone:



Patterns in Music

When you are learning a new piece, always take a minute to study the music and look for patterns that will help you.

Look at the examples below. Do you see scales (or parts of scales), repeating intervals, or repeating rhythms?



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