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Heroic enough: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

The symphony that started it all ends it for the symphony this year.

The absolute last piece of music for the San Diego Symphony season was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3: Eroica. This may have been the final piece this year but it is the piece of music that started it all.

The Eroica is the Beethoven symphony in my mind. I have a nagging suspicion that the Fifth and Ninth get more credit than Beethoven’s first born. Yes, there were two symphonies before the Third but the Third is Beethoven’s first true born child.

The First and Second were bastards begat of Mozart and Haydn. Nice kids but painfully average.

What was it that the Third started? On the downbeat of Beethoven’s Third Symphony composers morphed from servantile craftsmen into uber-artists. Some might bemoan this transition from selfless servant to selfish and self serving artist but be that as it may, Beethoven started it with the Third.

The Third Symphony also started things for me. What gradiose teen-ager, fresh off his first screening of Amadeus, could resist cover art such as this?

None

When the music delivered more than the image it started an exploration beyond Tchaikovsky.

What of San Diego Symphony’s performance? It was good. There was nothing wrong with the performance at all. When the music ended I considered it a solid rendition of Beethoven’s thoughts.

After the recent Tchaikovsky Fourth, the Beethoven Sixth with Maestro Perick, and the stunning Brahms Fourth from earlier this season, I was expecting this Third to be a colossal end to a spectacular year.

It was a performance that the San Diego Symphony should be proud of but it is a piece of music that they can still grow in. I hope they revisit it soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3luWkda0Wfo

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The absolute last piece of music for the San Diego Symphony season was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3: Eroica. This may have been the final piece this year but it is the piece of music that started it all.

The Eroica is the Beethoven symphony in my mind. I have a nagging suspicion that the Fifth and Ninth get more credit than Beethoven’s first born. Yes, there were two symphonies before the Third but the Third is Beethoven’s first true born child.

The First and Second were bastards begat of Mozart and Haydn. Nice kids but painfully average.

What was it that the Third started? On the downbeat of Beethoven’s Third Symphony composers morphed from servantile craftsmen into uber-artists. Some might bemoan this transition from selfless servant to selfish and self serving artist but be that as it may, Beethoven started it with the Third.

The Third Symphony also started things for me. What gradiose teen-ager, fresh off his first screening of Amadeus, could resist cover art such as this?

None

When the music delivered more than the image it started an exploration beyond Tchaikovsky.

What of San Diego Symphony’s performance? It was good. There was nothing wrong with the performance at all. When the music ended I considered it a solid rendition of Beethoven’s thoughts.

After the recent Tchaikovsky Fourth, the Beethoven Sixth with Maestro Perick, and the stunning Brahms Fourth from earlier this season, I was expecting this Third to be a colossal end to a spectacular year.

It was a performance that the San Diego Symphony should be proud of but it is a piece of music that they can still grow in. I hope they revisit it soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3luWkda0Wfo

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