The Concept

Nine Symphonies Print – The Concept

Nine Symphonies: ‘Beethoven Edition’ began life as a series of a limited edition giclée prints by Michael J. Stewart in 2014. There are four variants in the Beethoven Edition. Each print comprisies 9 pie charts representing the nine symphonies of Beethoven. Slices represent the individual movements, and the size of each slice (movement) is derived from the mean average of 33 recordings by conductors who have recorded complete cycles, starting with Felix Weingartner in the 1920’s and culminating in Daniel Barenboim’s cycle in 2014.

Nine Symphonies Beethoven Movement Timings Spreadsheet

Extract from the spreadsheet of timings used in the creation of the pie chart. [Symphony No. 6 in D major ‘Pastoral’]

The 33 recorded cycles used for duration data were:

The Conductors

Felix Weingartner • Arturo Toscanini • Willhem Mengelberg • Willhelm Furtwangler • Bruno Walter • André Cluytens • Otto Klemperer • Hermann Scherchen • Franz Konwitschny • Eugen Jochum • René Liebowitz • George Szell • Joseph Kripps • Herbert von Karajan • Paul Kletzki • Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt • Bernard Haitink • Janos Ferencsik • Leonard Bernstein • Herbert Kegel • Günter Wand • Riccardo Muti • Georg Solti • Claudio Abbado • Roger Norrington • Richard Hickox • Wolfgang Sawallisch • Riccardo Chailly • Osmo Vanska • Simon Rattle • Daniel Barenboim • Wyn Morris • Nikolaus Harnoncourt

The concept will also embrace the symphonies of Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner – albeit with a different design concept. Watch this space!

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