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1812 – Beethoven Symphony No. 8

 

1812 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Instrumentation Strings, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani
Movements I: Allegro vivace e con brio (F major) II: Allegretto scherzando (B♭ major) III: Tempo di menuetto (F major) IV: Allegro vivace (F major)
Overview This symphony is on a much less grand scale than many of Beethoven’s others and is notable for its much more relaxed and less Scherzo-like third movement
Essay Points
D) 3rd movement / Minuet This third movement of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony retreats from the faster more aggressive scherzo and is a much more relaxed minuet-like affair. Mendelssohn followed this rather than the more fiery Scherzo model in his fourth symphony.