In a 2017 interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, songwriter Billy Joel cited the lasting influence of classical music on his work – specifically the music of Beethoven. He pointed out that Neil Diamond had once said, “I have forgiven myself for not being Beethoven.” And this set off a realization for Joel: “I realized my […]
Amid some of the more predictable pandemic- and protest-related topics trending on Twitter this week, an unexpected name joined the list: Beethoven.
Nobody told Glenn Gould to stop touring, or suggested he perform a digital concert. Why would they have? There wasn’t a global pandemic forcing performers to stay home in the 1960s. But Gould’s own distaste for the act of live performance led him to shun traditional concerts early on in his career. Now, as today’s […]
Continue the year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our latest digital scavenger hunt!
Earlier this week, musicians of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performed Beethoven’s famous “Ode to Joy” from the Ninth Symphony. Only, the performers weren’t side by side in a concert hall. Instead, they joined together digitally from isolation in their homes.
For five decades, a familiar sight greeted readers of the comics section of the newspaper: Schroeder at his toy baby grand piano, with Lucy leaning backward against it. Overhead, sheet music played an active role in the story. With overwhelming majority, the music was by one composer: Ludwig van Beethoven.
Join us as we celebrate his 250-year legacy at the Nashville Symphony’s Beethoven Birthday Bash.
Ludwig van Beethoven turns 250 this year. 2020 will inevitably be filled with performances of his music, and scholarship about his life and influence. But first, we thought it was time to indulge in a little fun by enjoying some of the fictional portrayals of the man onscreen.
As a musicologist, Dr. Robin Wallace has devoted much of his career to studying Beethoven. Then his wife, Barbara, went deaf.
When asked to estimate how many times he has performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C min, Op. 37, Yefim Bronfman leaned back, sighed, and guessed, “Oh… surely at least 100 times.”