Beethoven 3, first movement

This issue will be one of many that is sure to come up this week at the RCICW 

We all know that the first movement of Beethoven 8, the first movement of Beethoven 3 and the Egmont overture tend to inspire debate among musicians as to whether they should be in three or in one. Beethoven’s metronome markings are in one. Generally speaking, old school conductors (Furtwangler, Bernstein, Klemperer,) tended to do these movements in three, new school conductors (Zinman, Norrington, Gardiner) in one. 


Conduct the music that is in one in one, and the music that is in three in three. 


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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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