Walking with Beethoven

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Saturday, November 10, 2012


More than any other classical composer, Beethoven expanded the possibilities and scope of sonata form, which typically includes a slow second movement. He would designate the tempo of these movements with the term “adagio”, meaning slow. Alternatively the term “andante” was used.

On this episode of All Ears, Terrance McKnight gets into the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month on WQXR by featuring some of the composer's notable andantes for piano and orchestra.

We also consider Beethoven's creative process. Every creative artist has a unique way of working. Mozart often composed in the back of a carriage. William Grant Still composed in a three-piece suit. And Beethoven composed at the piano while walking through the forests of Vienna.


Piano Sonata No. 15 in D “Pastoral”, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

Robert Taub, piano


Cello Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 5/1, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

Zuill Bailey, cello

Simone Dinnerstein, piano


Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

Vienna Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein


Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink, conductor


Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, “Pastoral”, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

Zurich Tanhalle Orchestra

David Zinman, conductor


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73, Andante

Ludwig van Beethoven

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Krystian Zimerman, piano


Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 47, Kreutzer

Ludwig van Beethoven

Augustin Dumay, violin

Maria Joao Pires, piano


Improvisation on Beethoven'’s Pathetique Sonata, Second movement

Ted Rosenthal, piano

Comments [4]

Yan Kong, thanks for listening to this program. The piece that you're asking about is "Andante Favori". The show will remain on the site for listening on demand for a few weeks. - enjoy

Nov. 20 2012 09:10 AM
Yan Kong from Brooklyn

Please give me name of the pianist and the name of the piece - Between 10Pm - 10:20 PM One of Beethoven's piano andante movement. Saturday Nov 10. It was the most beautiful piano music I have ever heard. Thank you.

Nov. 10 2012 10:53 PM
Allen Berg from Florida

Thank you for playing such exquisite "walking" music of Beethoven...
I'm sitting yoga-style on my livingroom carpet in the balmy Florida evening... you have evoked dreams of wonder...glory music... thanks...

Nov. 10 2012 10:26 PM
Silversalty from Forests of Brooklyn

"Beethoven composed at the piano while walking through the forests of Vienna"

Wow! That's far more impressive than Woody Allen's playing the cello in a marching band.

I'm guessing Beethoven composed for the piano, or with the piano in mind, while walking through the forest. Did Vienna have forests?

Nov. 10 2012 07:31 PM

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