Yesterday I was working from home (because of a cold) and the music player was set to random. Up popped Beethoven’s 8th. I haven’t listened to it for ages, so it was a treat to hear it again.
The Executive Summary is ‘jolly and short’. The total track time for all four movements is 27’6″ (just under half an hour). Most of the last minute of the last track is the ending! By comparison, the 9th symphony has 5 movements and lasts for 69’26” (nearly an hour and 10 minutes).
It’s almost like Beethoven dashed off the 8th so he could spend some serious time with the 9th