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This Day in History - February 27

Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 premiered.
Video | February 27, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley

Beethoven

On this day, in 1814, with Beethoven on the podium, audiences first heard his Symphony No. 8.

Beethoven, growing increasingly deaf, led the premiere, but, it was reported that "the orchestra largely ignored his ungainly gestures and followed the principal violinist instead."

Cheerful, lightheared, and at times, very loud, Beethoven referred to it as "my little Symphony in F." 

Though Beethoven loved it, as did famed writer George Bernard Shaw, it was not as well received as his Symphony No. 7 that premiered at the same location, the Redoutensaal in Vienna, two months earlier.

The Seattle Symphony continues its Beethoven project in March, with the playing of Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony. 

The symphony:

In other Beethoven news, are we getting closer to discovering who his "Immortal Beloved" was? Perhaps

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