The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination

The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination

Matthew Guerrieri


A TIME journal most sensible 10 Nonfiction e-book of 2012
A New Yorker top ebook of the Year
Los Angeles Magazine's no 1 tune booklet of the Year

This revelatory ebook of song background examines what's possibly the simplest identified and most-popular symphony ever written—and its recognized four-note starting. achieving again sooner than Beethoven’s time, Matthew Guerrieri uncovers premonitions of the hole notes within the rhythms of historic Greek poetry and the track of the French Revolution. He discusses the Fifth’s impression whilst it premiered, tracing the inventive, philosophical, and political reverberations throughout Europe to China, Russia, and the us, from Romanticism to ring tones, from propaganda to pop. This attention-grabbing piece of musical detective paintings is a deal with for tune fans of each stripe.

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