Michael Gordon: Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

listen to the whole thing here.

Press blurb:

Gordon’s remarkable re-imagining filters one of the classics of the classics through the lens of the 21st century. Not looking to improve on the work’s timeless quality, but to imagine ‘what if someone unknowingly used this material in the course of writing his or her new work?’

Gordon himself:

Perhaps the most interesting interaction with classical music that I’ve had was a commission from the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, to write a new piece for orchestra that referenced Beethoven in some way. It was a challenging request and for a while I wasn’t sure how to proceed. In the end, I decided to take one theme from each movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and work with them as if they were my own.

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