Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Op. 20
Beethoven composed his Septet in E-flat in 1799 and the work encapsulates all of the musical entertainments of that century – it sits in the Classical serenade and divertimento tradition. Audiences and performers alike loved Beethoven’s Septet – so much so that Beethoven ranted until the day he died about the fact that it often overshadowed his masterpieces. And shortly after the Septet’s premiere, transcriptions for various instrumentations started cropping up – a solo piano version, a two guitar version, and a trio arrangement for clarinet, or violin, with cello and piano completed by Beethoven himself. Hear the Septet by Beethoven, our evening Masterwork, tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.