Week 6 – Beethoven’s Blog

Posted on August, 12th 2021

​Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36 was the first symphony of his that I ever played. I thought it was so difficult. So many fast notes, rapid key changes, offbeat accents, and such tempos! But the second movement, the slow movement, was probably the most beautiful thing I’d ever played up until then. That A Major movement just shines and I will never forget that first exposure to it. To think that Beethoven wrote this while he was going through such extreme duress about his deteriorating hearing is striking. We will discuss that situation far more next week. In this symphony I love the juxtaposition of virtuosity, humor, and great profound beauty. I hope you will all enjoy the accompanying link to a great performance.