When I started my deep study of music I had CDs from over a dozen different 20th century composers. I had over a dozen CDs by JS Bach. I had over a dozen CDs from Medieval and Renaissance time periods. I had zero, none, not a single Beethoven CD. In the rock world in which I grew up Beethoven was the greatest villain. That’s really odd because he was a rebel in so many ways. He lived the rock and roll spirit in so many ways.
I did several deep study’s of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. The last time I spent months going over his string quartets one note at a time. I poured over the scores to the symphonies. I ate the piano sonatas for breakfast. I went out and tried to find ever last scrap of music he created, published, or like many, never published in his life time. There is no doubt he was the greatest master of all times, even beating out my favorite, Bach.
Today is Beethoven’s 245th birthday! Go to Google and look at their easter egg. It is fun. I went through and got them all correct before I realized that you can play the little clips of music. Playing the clips makes it too easy…. Here is a link to a page Google put up that hopefully won’t be removed after the day is over! Take a look! I hope you smile as much as I did.
In the middle of my last study of Beethoven i wrote a piano sonata inspired by his music. Give it a listen!
Image at the top is a portrait of LvB by Joseph Karl Stieler. It came from Wikipedia.