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How a team of musicologists and computer scientists completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony

Journalists and musicians gather to hear a pianist perform parts of Beethoven’s reconstructed 10th Symphony.

Journalists and musicians gather to hear a pianist perform parts of Beethoven’s reconstructed 10th Symphony. Credit: Ahmed Elgammal, CC BY-SA

When Ludwig von Beethoven died, all he left behind were some sketches for his 10th Symphony. Now, thanks to the help of artificial intelligence, the composer’s vision is coming to life. We’ve got the story and an excerpt.

When Ludwig von Beethoven died in 1827, he was three years removed from the completion of his Ninth Symphony, a work heralded by many as his magnum opus. He had started work on his 10th Symphony but, due to deteriorating health, wasn’t able to make much headway: All he left behind were some musical sketches.

Ever since then, Beethoven fans and musicologists have puzzled and lamented over what could have been. His notes teased at some magnificent reward, albeit one that seemed forever out of reach.

Now, thanks to the work of a team of music historians, musicologists, composers and computer scientists, Beethoven’s vision will come to life. Full story.

Ahmed Elgammal (The World from PRX) / September 24, 2021

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