Classical music loves a milestone, and with the approach of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we had a big one coming in 2020. But, our plans were all thrown thanks to COVID-19.
Birthday or not, Beethoven has come up quite often in Classically Speaking. So, in this episode we featured clips from previous conversations. In what turned out to be one of composer Christopher Rouse’s last interviews before he died in 2019, Rouse connected the opening of his 5th symphony to Beethoven’s 5th. That same short-short-short-long also started Mahler’s 5th, a parallel drawn by Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. Pianists Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, and Lara Downes also illuminate the influence that Beethoven has had on their work, and the canon of piano literature.
A transcript of this episode is available here. CS_Beethoven250 Transcript