Beethoven’s Symphony #4 in B-flat Major, opus 60 begins with a quiet introduction which has a very slow tempo. The violins play pizzicato. The tempo increases as the brass and the percussion join in. The french horn and the oboe have a solo. The flute and oboe then solo. The composer creates a variation by having a few notes played which are then followed by a rest. This technique is repeated. The intensity decreases and then increases. A clarinet solo is heard near the end of the movement.
He second movement begins very slowly with the violas and violins playing pizzicato. The oboe plays two notes over and over. The clarinets then come in and play the same two notes. From then on, the movement continues in a similar fashion, although some variations are in dynamics and instrumentation are added.
The intensity and tempo of the music increase in the third movement, making the music very lively. The oboes and the French horns play a little tune and the strings answer. This tune is repeated throughout the movement. The intensity of the music increases and the movement ends.
The final movement begins with a very lively tempo and great intensity. The piccolo has a solo. Although the intensity and the tempo increase, other characteristics of the music remain somewhat the same. The oboe has a little solo and the intensity decreases, but it then increases again. The oboe plays four solo notes just before the symphony ends with great intensity.
I enjoyed listening to this symphony very much. I think it showed the other side of Beethoven very well. I do not like his Fifth Symphony as much since it is more harsh. It is interesting that a man who wrote a forceful symphony like the Fifth could write such a dignified, graceful symphony as his Fourth.