Back in the late 20th century, when newspapers were still king, I wrote a series of nine essays on the Beethoven symphonies, one for each work. They appeared on successive Sundays in the Register, as lead up to a complete performance of The Nine in O.C., by John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique. My editor (Scott Duncan, a former music critic) and I cooked up the idea of the essays and the paper gave me lavish amounts of space in which to write them.
The essays never made it online (or if they did, they only lived there a short while) and have since languished deep within the Register‘s archives, from which I dug up the first one the other day and link to here: Naturally, it’s on Beethoven’s First Symphony.
Over the next couple of months, I intend to retrieve the other essays, post them on the newspaper’s website and link to them here. Once I have posted them all, I’ll make a page here and we’ll have an online guide to all nine symphonies.
picture: baron van swieten, about whom you’ll learn a little more in my essay.