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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Tone Poem Tuesday

Here's a strange work by Ludwig van Beethoven, written to commemorate a victory in battle by the Duke of Wellington. The piece is viewed as one of Beethoven's lesser works, and probably rightly so. Even Beethoven himself admitted as much, saying "What I shit is better than anything you come up with!" Still, it's worth a fun listen once in a while. It's basically a potboiler of a piece. Here's Wellington's Victory.

Of course, this type of thing would be done a lot more convincingly decades later by Tchaikovsky in the 1812 Overture....

1 comment:

Roger Owen Green said...

Well, it's good to know where to find an orchestral version of For He's A Jolly Good Fellow.