SERVANT TO NO ONE
In the first of an occasional series, Andrew Schartmann examines
Beethoven's Op 2 No 2 and the rise of the romantic artist
Beethoven epitomizes the nineteenth-century artist. Not only did he break free from the shackles of servitude that bound composers of previous generations, but he also shifted music from the domain of pleasurable pastimes to that of profound spiritual meditation. One need only think of such works as the brooding Pathétique sonata or the monumental Eroica symphony to realize that the musical aesthetic that guided Beethoven was one of a much different ilk than that which guided his forebears.
Despite these examples, it is often said that Beethoven began his career writing music in the familiar classical style of Haydn and Mozart...
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Andrew Schartmann, Connecticut, USA