Originally Posted by J-Sun
Yeah, as I said in another thread, I'm not remotely an expert either, but I agree with the bridge idea. IMO, he was definitely possessed of the Romantic sensibility and, while he began very Classically (i.e., Sym.No.1) he ended up playing with the form with scherzos and downright fracturing the form with singing (Sym.No.9). <Tom Hanks>There's no singing
in symphonies!</Tom Hanks> I think the piano sonatas and string quartets and so on do similar things (though they have no singing.
) Still, overall, I can see the arguments either way. He was Romantic in spirit with some Classicism and Classical in form with some Romanticism.
The view I have is that back in the time of C.P.E.Bach,Haydn and Mozart composing was just a job. You were commissioned to do such and such a work in a strict 'classical' way. 4 movements beginnig with a brisk movement,followed by a a slower movement,then usually a trio and minuetee and finaly a fast movement to close,with a recap of the main theme.
Then Beethoven came along,followed the rules to a point then later thought,ah stuff them,I'll write it my way. That to me is the epitome of romanticism!