Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 exudes a cheerful exuberance of celestial proportion. Composed at the same time as the celebrated “Immortal Beloved” letters of 1812, the mysterious 10-page note was penned by the lovelorn composer over the course of two days. Found only after his death, its addressee remains unknown and hotly debated to this day.
Like the letters, this symphony exudes tremendous joy and happiness, tempered by a glimpse into brooding sadness and pain. Experience the thrill of this “dance-like” symphony, and revel in the indomitable spirit and brilliance of Beethoven.
When asked why the 8th was not as popular as the 7th, Beethoven is said to have responded, sardonically, “Because the 8th is so much better”. The 8th symphony - almost experimental in nature -- impresses with its optimistic tone and playful nature, which contrast sharply with the hardships Beethoven faced at the time of its composition: worsening deafness and the fallout of the tortuous love affair that inspired the famous “Immortal Beloved” poem. In spite of this, his ebullient 8th Symphony reveals not the darkness of this time, but the genius of a musician who can dream his own universe of music.Learn more in the program notes ›