Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Beethoven and George VI
In my review of The King's Speech I criticized the use of the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as background music for George VI's climactic speech announcing the beginning of war with Germany. I was therefore intrigued by this thoughtful comment (at a blog reached via a link posted by a Facebook Friend) which explicitly defends and reflects on that musical choice, along with some other observations. I'm still not entirely sure I agree, but thought I should present Mr. Kogan's interesting alternative view, which is the only commentary I've seen directly addressing this particular irony.