December 16, 1770 – March 26, 1827
portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820
Symphonies 3, 5, 7, and 9: the high-water mark of Western civilization.
Second place: the other five.
Not a bad body of work for a dead European white male. Completely obsolete, though, now that we have hip-hop and gangsta rap.
I’d really enjoy hearing you sing me Happy Birthday today ! ~Ludwig
great post. Nice to see you care about Ludwig and his music. I happen to be a big fan of his music too. I am also the lucky owner of all of Beethoven’s symphonies in Deutsche Gramophone recordings by the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra conducted by von Karajan courtesy of a German friend. Sad to say while I was living in Florida, the only classical radio station folded and was replaced by a hip hop format that drove me mad. I cannot believe that a city as cosmopolitan as Miami does not have a classical radio station anymore. Very sad. I guess is a sign of the times and how our culture has changed for the worse.
Karajan was *born* to conduct Beethoven, and that DG set of symphonies is desert island material.
We stood for 2 hours in a rush line at the old Academy Of Music in the middle of winter to hear Muti and the Philadelphia perform the 7th symphony – transcendent!
If Beethoven is unavailable in heaven, send me straight to hell. It’s worth it.
Praise God, classical music has returned to Miami on 88.9 FM. Although the station is not locally based, its selections are just fine, and the hosts actually seem to enjoy themselves as well as the music without being haughty or intrusive.
I loved Beethoven’s music even as a child, years before I developed a taste for popular music as a teenager. Not only did I listen to his music, I read biographies, studied critics’ notes, and devoured everything I could about him. Probably knew more then than now!
Happy Birthday, Big Lud.
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