I spent the last Fall 2014 listening to a lot of Beethoven.
The last day of 2014 I spent it with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall. Every year, they do a New Year’s Eve show with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Chorale” and a countdown party with live music. That night’s program also included Mozart’s Symphony No.31 “Paris”. Then after the symphony program, there was free sparkling wine and live music by Good Co., a Seattle based electro-swing band -apparently all UW grads except one member.
Besides the Ninth last year, I also got the chance to see Seattle Symphony perform the 5th Symphony. I wouldn’t say I was familiar with the 5th symphony before, because all I knew was the famous four-note motif. Now I know it better, and it is my current favorite out of the nine of them. In addition to the 5th, earlier this year I got to see the 3rd Symphony “Eroica” (conducted by Itzhak Pearlman!!!).
As far as my familiarity with Beethoven’s works goes..Previously, I’ve been familiar with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, No. 7, and No. 8, which were previously my favorites at some point. Now added No. 3, No. 5 (current favorite), and No. 9. In addition to that, I knew a few of his violin sonatas and a couple of his early string quartets.
For a time period, I listened to a few of his piano sonatas (Pathetique, Appasionate, Moonlight). Last year I’ve found the complete set of his piano sonata works (32 of them, 100 tracks!). I was going through them in sets.
One of my favorite moments in his piano sonata’s is the 3rd movement in No.31. You can take a listen here.