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Beethoven’s Lairs
Did you know that during his time in Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven lived in 36 different houses or apartments? We all know that Beethoven was a rather restless soul, but on average, he moved living quarters more than once a
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Ludwig van B.
A Universe of Dedications
Beethoven’s friendship with Stephan von Breuning (1774-1827) lasted a lifetime. We will meet him in more detail in another episode. For now it suffices to say that Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was dedicated to him. Concurrently, Beethoven fashioned a piano transcription,
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van B. was probably the first truly bad boy of music. He showed utter distain for discipline and authority and brusquely dismissed the conventions of aristocratic society. The formal court etiquette was particularly irksome to him, and even in
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Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 127
Premiered Today in 1825
Beethoven had started to work on his String Quartet Op. 127 in 1822, but it was not premiered until 6 March 1825. Tickets for a first hearing had actually been sold for the end of February, but the quartet wasn’t
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Flute Works, Vol. 2
Piano Trio in G Major, WoO 37 III. Thema andante con variazioni From BEETHOVEN, L. van: Flute Works, Vol. 2 (2018) Released by Naxos Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, WoO 37 – III. Thema andante con variazioniBeethoven’s mastery in
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Premiered Today in 1808
The famous “short-short-short-long” motive that initiates the opening of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony has become the most compact and commanding gesture in all of symphonic literature. Powerfully introduced by the whole orchestra in the minor mode, the module is ambiguous in
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Beethoven and the “Maiden in Love”
To her close friends she was simply known as “Babette,” but everybody else referred to her as Princess Anna Louise Barbara Odescalchi. That, of course, was her married name as she had wed Prince Innocenz Odescalchi in Pressburg, currently called
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Nightmare Premiere!
Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto
Introducing new and unknown pieces of music to a wider public audience is always a special occasion. Ludwig van Beethoven scheduled such a concert full of premieres at the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808. Of course, Beethoven
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