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We are playing one of the greatest symphonies of the Classical Era and one of the greatest symphonies of the Romantic Era -
The livelyrhythms inBeethoven’s 7th Symphony inspired Wagnerto dance to the second movement whilst his house guest,Franz Liszt accompanied him on the piano!This well-known movement has featured in many adverts and films;forexample, itwas used in a scene in the ‘The King’s Speech’.
Following its first performance in 1812,the Symphony was repeated three times in the next 10 weeks– atone oftheseperformances anewspaper account stated that ‘the applause rose to the point ofecstasy’.In April 2022 the 7th Symphony was voted in the top 20 classical worksby ClassicFM listeners.
Bruckner’s 7th Symphonyis one of his most popularsymphonies.It calls for alargeorchestrathatincludesWagner tubas– a form ofmodifiedhorn. In 1853 Wagnerhadvisitedtheshopof Adolphe Saxwhoinventedthe saxophone and saxhorn.Wagnerwanted aninstrumentthathadthe flexibilityof asaxhornandthe soundof alur.[Alurisalonghornwithout finger holes.]Bruckner’s inclusion ofthe Wagnertubas, firstheardinthe slow movement, isin memory of Wagner.