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Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Paintings by Haydn Greenway 

Haydn was the father of the symphony, and Beethoven developed it to magnificent dimensions, especially in the 9th. Berlioz continued to develop the symphony, as the father of modern orchestration.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Haydn

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Berlioz considered Haydn along with Gluck, Beethoven and Weber as great German masters. He admired Haydn’s The Creation but maintained that despite his justified celebrity many of his symphonies lacked the magisterial brilliance and pronounced expression that characterised his oratorio. See for example Journal des Debats of 20 February 1835.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Beethoven

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As a young man Berlioz discovered Beethoven’s music and was inspired by it: for example, Symphonie fantastique and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6; Roméo et Juliette and Beethoven’s 9th. Harold en Italie’s last movement which is also inspired by Beethoven’s 9th, in that it summons motives from the previous movements and then dismisses them one by one. 
See also: 

Étude critique des symphonies de Beethoven (in the original French) 

Berlioz’s Critical Study of the Symphonies of Beethoven (in English translation)

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