Thomas Beecham was uncharitable about the third movement, saying:
"What can you do with it? It's like a lot of yaks jumping about."Upon hearing the Seventh Beethoven's contemporary composer, Carl Maria von Weber said:
"the extravagances of this genius have reached the ne plus ultra, and Beethoven is quite ripe for the madhouse."A review published in a newspaper of the day said:
"Mr. Van Beethoven goes his own path, and a dreary, eccentric, and tiresome path it is: learning, learning, and nothing but learning, but not a bit of nature or melody. And, after all, it is but a crude and undigested learning, without method or arrangement, a seeking after curious modulations, a hatred of ordinary progressions, a heaping up of difficulties, until all the pleasure and patience are lost."