Manage episode 271699227 series 1403773
The composer Carl Maria Von Weber called it the work of a madman. Clara Schumann’s father, Friedrich Wieck, called it the work of a drunk. Beethoven’s 7th symphony has been popular ever since its premiere, but as you can see, not everyone loved it. It is a piece that is dominated by a raucous joy that led Wagner to call it "the apotheosis of the dance." But the most indelible memory people have of this piece is often the mysterious second movement. We'll talk all about this amazing symphony today.