… Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
“We found Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to be precisely one hour and five minutes long; a fearful period indeed, which puts the muscles and lungs of the band, and the patience of the audience to a severe trial…the symphony we could not make out; and here, as well as in other parts, the want of intelligible design is too apparent.”
The Harmonicon, London, 1825
In retrospect, as we look back to the very first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824 in Vienna, we recognize this masterpiece as one of the all- …
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