Ears Wide Open Online: Beethoven Symphony No.7

Ears Wide Open Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Learn more about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7– at its core, a celebration of rhythm and dance.

Beethoven is a composer who, more than any before him, has themes recognisable by their rhythm alone, and this symphony takes that to a whole new level.

This performance is perfectly paired with TarraWarra’s vibrant and wonderfully-balanced 2018 Roussanne Marasanne Viognier – an excellent match for the lively dance-like rhythms.

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Did you know?

  • Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 was premiered at a benefit concert for wounded soldiers in the immediate aftermath of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon. During the premiere, the piece was conducted by Beethoven himself.
  • This piece has the the longest slow introduction of all Beethoven’s symphonies.
  • The theme for the last movement of this symphony first showed up in an arrangement of a British folk song.

Glossary

Chromatic: A musical scale that includes half tones and full tones.

Coda: A coda is a passage that brings a piece to an end. Technically, it is an expanded cadence. It may be as simple as a few measures, or as complex as an entire section.

Crescendo: The Italian musical term meaning a gradual increase in loudness.

Fortississimo: A music directive to play as loudly as possible; it is symbolised by ‘fff’.

Panharmonicon: A mechanical musical instrument that could imitate various instruments and generate sound effects.

Scherzo: Often refers to a movement that replaces the minuet as the third movement in a four-movement work. It can also mean a very fast and upbeat section of classical music, often within a larger composition. Translated from Italian it literally means ‘jest’.

Variation: A formal technique where music material is repeated in an altered form. The changes may involve harmony, melody, counterpoint, rhythm, timbre, orchestration or any combination of these.


Tarra Warra Tasting Notes


This piece of music is perfectly paired with TarraWarra’s vibrant and beautifully-balanced 2018 Roussanne Marasanne Viognier.

This is a wine with lifted honeysuckle perfume, fine acidity, great texture and length; the overall effect is a savoury wine that is ideal with a range of food types.

This wine is an excellent match for the lively dance-like rhythms in Symphony No.7.