FROM THE STAGE
Chris Carson, Assistant Principal Double Bass, on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7:
“If you look at Beethoven’s nine symphonies, you see that all are extremely indi-
vidual, all are identiable as separate pieces. The Seventh is known for being
a dance symphony. It’s a very kinetic piece, with a lot of toe-tapping rhythm.
It’s a justiably popular symphony, but also physically taxing to play. By the
last movement there is a lot of playing that just keeps on going.
“A danger of the piece if nding it too easy to start the tempo. There can be a monotony to it. The challenge is nding a way to make the rhythmic
repetition interesting—to create a tension you can sustain.”
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