Beethoven essay

A particularly imaginative reaction to the slow movement came from the great English novelist and Beethoven admirer . Forster, who in his 1935 essay Wordmaking and Sound-taking observes: “It strikes and strokes immediately, and elderly gentlemen before myself have called it ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ What about Orpheus and the Furies, though? When the movement begins I always repair to the entrance of Hell and descend under the guidance of Gluck through diminishing opposition to the Elysian Fields…. The piano turns into Orpheus, and the strings, waving less and less their snaky locks, sink at last into acquiescence with true love.”

 

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Beethoven essay

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