Season Seven of Beethoven on the Green concludes this week with the Symphony No 8 in F Major.  The 8th is a cheerful, happy symphony, full of Beethoven's signature musical jokes and off-beat accents.  It is light-hearted, but not light weight.  Formally it hearkens back to Mozart and Haydn, but Beethoven's mature style is evident throughout.  Beethoven considered it to be a better composition than the much more popular 7th.  Because the 8th is shorter than others performed this month it will be paired with the Piano Sonata, Op 90.

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