I’ve taken to listening to ABC Classic FM on my way to work – on the mornings where I decide to take a stroll and enjoy the fresh air (and the beautiful scent of flowers!) instead of my riding my bike.

This morning, the presenter talked about Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 – and the intrigue behind its lack of popularity.

When asked by his pupil Carl Czerny why the Eighth was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven is said to have replied:

because the Eighth is so much better.

Bryan Townsend has an interesting post on Symphony No 8 here.

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy – Ludwig van Beethoven