German Pianist and Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven is probably the world’s greatest who ever ventured into music, characterized by his strong melodies and bold music despite his profound deafness.
He was able to create a unique sound during his era despite a myriad of difficulties faced by musicians in this period.
Beethoven was also credited for some other compositions such as the fifth and sixth symphonies, of course, the fourth concerto which was performed by him.
Beethoven’s fifth Concerto popularly nicknamed as “Emperor” is arguably the greatest piano and orchestra work ever put together, it earned its nickname from its critically recognized perfect makeup.
This was Beethoven’s final complete concerto which was written between 1809 and 1811 and finally premiere in 1812.
This Beethoven classic has been argued to be one of the greatest sounds of all time either listened to live or on digital.
As at the time Beethoven put this classic together, Napoleon made life difficult for him because of the constant invasion of the city of Vienna at the time which was Beethoven’s place of residence.
The Emperor concerto was first performed in Vienna, three months after its premiere by Carl Czerny a renowned performer among music circles.
Beethoven was largely influenced by some other brilliant musicians of his day such as Baptist Johann an English pianist and music publisher whom Beethoven was rumored to refer to as the greatest musician of the day.
Beethoven was also inspired by Mozart’s more spontaneous and exciting concerts but did not consider them as qualities to incorporate into his own style of music.
He decides to pick on issues that affect the human mind on a more emotional level such as integrity and human dignity.
His music is largely known to deepen as they progress to the end.
Due to the theme of the majority of his compositions, Beethoven has constantly been referred to as a philosopher of sorts given the topics which he broaches in his render.
In recent music circles, it has almost become a thing of necessity for many top-notch pianists to at least play the Emperor concerto no matter their area of expertise mostly for a majority of music enthusiasts who are up till now still very much taken by the Emperor Concerto.
It has in fact become quite commonplace for in the least arguments and at worst fights to erupt between pianists who do not agree with one another’s render of Beethoven’s fifth concerto usually because one pianist does not believe that the other has captured the essence of the music quite well enough or has overemphasized in areas not really needed.
The Emperor Concerto is divided into three movements which are Adagio in B major, Allegro in Eb major, and Rondo. It is harmonized for a solo piano, two oboes, clarinets, trumpets, bassoons, flutes, strings, and timpani.
Although Beethoven was able to perform his other symphonies and concertos personally, his rising deafness hindered him from mounting the stage for his fifth and final concerto.
Although in some circles, his deafness has been attributed in some ways to the exceptional nature of the Emperor Concerto, specifically referring to its daring choice of theme and note freedom which seemed not to have been tampered in any way by human restrictions and the search for perfection.
It was refined music but nonetheless not lacking in its rawness and ability to inspire the heaviest emotions in any music lover.