For a long time this has been one of my favourite pieces because of the extraordinary pathos it expresses. A hasty calculation suggests that Ludwig was 43 when this piece premiered in 1813, by which time his hearing loss would have been quite advanced. I can't help wondering if that was related to the melancholy of this movement.
According to the Wikipedia entry, he went through a period of very low productivity from 1812 to 1816 which might have been related to depression. I would expect that the dashing of his hopes of marriage combined with the other difficulties he was experiencing might well have been responsible.--Sphemusator 20:38, 14 June 2006 (CDT)
- Sorry to commence with a problem, but every attempt to download any of the scores of LVB's 7th Symphony, via any method and any browser, gets me the same result: 8,886 Bytes-long corrupted pdf files that are, naturally, quite useless. Is it my fault? Have I skipped some initial steps? Or is it a bug with the website? Kind regards, --AVM 23:02, 2 July 2008 (EDT)
- Are you usign IE?
Could I take this rendition of the second movement and transcribe it for, say, 4 trombones, and it be legal? Schyler 17:47, 11 December 2009 (UTC)
P.S. could I make money from my labors?
- Since all works available for download here are in the public domain (or are provided with permission from the copyright owner), it is 100% legal. All the arrangements we have of this piece are in fact public domain everywhere (except in a couple cases Mexico), so feel free. You could not make money from the action of uploading it to IMSLP, but you could charge for performance if you put it under a performance restricted license. KGill talk email 22:13, 11 December 2009 (UTC)