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Our series on Beethoven's nine symphonies — each performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra — concludes with the Ninth Symphony. Because of its length, the performance has been spread out over the course of two days.
June 14, 2006 The Eighth continued his trend of retreating to classical styles in even-numbered symphonies.
June 13, 2006 First performed to benefit Viennese soldiers, the Seventh Symphony was embraced for its beauty.
June 12, 2006 Beethoven publicly declared the Sixth Symphony's "extramusical" purpose: an expression of nature.
June 9, 2006 Beethoven's Fifth, once overshadowed by the "Eroica," has become one of his best-known works.
June 8, 2006 Beethoven's Fourth Symphony is often overshadowed by the more dynamic Third and Fifth symphonies.
June 7, 2006 Beethoven's Third Symphony, a turning point in music history, was long and technically challenging.
June 6, 2006 During this piece's composition, Beethoven began to acknowledge the deterioration of his hearing.
June 5, 2006 Beethoven's First Symphony, dedicated to Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, came at age 29.
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