Even a genius can have bad handwriting, as reporters from the BBC discovered when a letter, written by the maestro himself, was uncovered in Germany. In his correspondence to a fellow composer, he outlines a few of the physical and financial hardships that made him the ultimate paradigm of a struggling artist. Hear the genius of Beethoven for yourself [more]
As mystical as it may seem, inner music exists. As explored by this BBC article written last year, Beethoven’s gradual hearing loss affected his music in surprising ways, and defined what modern music enthusiasts refer to as his “three periods” of musical composition. Use your ears while they still work! Preorder Beethoven for All at itunes.com/beethovenforall
Read about the Beethoven minifestival held at Mannes School of Music earlier this month. Highlighting an ethos of heroism, students and faculty gave lectures and performed under the direction of pianist Thomas Sauer. Among the performances was a dramatic rendition of the Kreutzer Violin Sonata, which inspired Tolstoy’s novella by the same name. How has Beethoven inspired you?
Beethoven really is for everyone! The Portland Youth Rock Orchestra, comprised of musicians from age 7 to 23, plays a blend of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and, you guessed it, Beethoven. One of the orchestra’s central goals is to encourage kids to get involved in their local schools’ music clubs and programs. According to their website “this is one of [more]
David Beckham has turned classical musician for a Samsung Electronics video in which he plays the melody of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ by kicking footballs at a wall of drums. Beckham, Samsung’s official ambassador to the London 2012 Olympic Games, uses a Galaxy Note phone-tablet hybrid to learn the sequence of kicks he must hit to play the famous tune [more]
In 2012, the orchestra will continue its focus on a cycle of all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies. The Summer Tour in July will take the musicians to several European venues from March to July, including Berlin, London, Munich and Salzburg. Full details can be found in the live section.
http://www.universalclassics.fr/Beethoven-Hymne-A-La-Joie Daniel Barenboim et le West-Eastern Divan Orchestra* ont souhaité incarner le pouvoir rassembleur de la musique de BEETHOVEN avec ce projet grandiose, à l’image de l’œuvre du compositeur… *L’orchestre est composé essentiellement de jeunes d’origine israélo-palestinienne. Pour plus d’information, lire ci-dessous : “Contre la haine et l’enfer de la guerre, un seul mot d’ordre : musique !”
www.beethoven-fuer-alle.de Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit – diese Werte stehen nicht nur für die französische Revolution. Sie stehen für die Menschlichkeit, und diese Menschlichkeit findet ihren tiefsten Ausdruck in Beethovens Musik. Kein anderer Komponist wird so weltumspannend verstanden wie er. Egal, woher man kommt, egal, wer immer man ist: Beethovens Werk verbindet die Menschheit sowohl durch Emotionen wie auch durch [more]
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