Beethoven's declaration of independence as a symphonist.
The First Symphony has been called "a fitting farewell to the eighteenth century”. It explores the untapped potential of the Classical style while balancing conservative and innovative elements into a boldly confident statement.
Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36
Beethoven’s lesser-known Second Symphony is connected to heroism – not obvious in the music, but inherent in its composer. When Beethoven brought this exuberant symphony to life, he was overwhelmed by depression. The massive slow introduction to the first movement transitions in an instant to an intensely vibrant Allegro, almost aggressively cheerful, as if Beethoven were determined to shake off his dark state of mind through bright, vibrant melodies.
Symphony No. 3
Beethoven’s ground breaking Eroica Symphony n° 3 is as heroic as its title suggests, bigger and longer than anything that had come before, with its deeply moving funeral march and electrifying finale ending in a blaze of glory.