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Katherine opens the section of her collection containing a sampling of the vast output of probably the greatest two composers ever.
Another giant of classical music was a young man who arrived in Vienna in 1787, hoping to study with Mozart. Whether they met or not we don’t know, but this young prodigy went on to become one of the most famous and influential composers of all time. 'If Mozart formed the bridge between the baroque and classical eras, Beethoven extended it further to usher in the romantic age,' says Katherine. The Seventh Symphony, described by Wagner who used to play a piano version of it as the apotheosis of the dance, does not let up in its intensity. Beethoven conducted the first performance of this symphony, and an eye witness described him as crouching below the rostrum in the quiet passages, then leaping so high in the loud passages that his feet left the floor.
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