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A tiny bite of music

Let’s talk about obsession repetition.

Specifically, let’s talk about the final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony, unarguably his best (and by “unarguably his best,” I mean “don’t try to argue with me; it’s his best”). Let’s talk about that last little bit in the horn section, two sets of horns in harmony. Here, skip to 8:25 and you’ll hear exactly the part I mean; it repeats, more or less, at 8:38.

This is my favorite part. Of the whole movement, of the whole symphony. Like ten seconds worth of music. Don’t get me wrong — I love the whole piece — but I can and have listened to that little section eight, ten times in a row. One little bit.

I don’t think she rewinds specifically for the spot, but my mom has a similar fondness for a mini-glissando in the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s piano trio no. 2. Listen to it at 8:14.

Just one little bit. A tiny bite. And it’s a favorite part, something you’re waiting for the whole piece even as you enjoy every other note.

A familial tic, or have you experienced a similar phenomenon? Say you can only listen to a max 15 seconds of music the rest of your life. Sure, it would suck, but would would you choose to make the madness more bearable?

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About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.

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