Beethoven was born 250 years ago in December. We do not know his exact birthday, but records show that he was baptized in Bonn on the 17th. 2020 should be a celebration of his intense artistic and unswervingly humanistic musical legacy. “Celebrating Beethoven” looks at four large and well-known works, attempting to identify some ways Beethoven widens his time and his métier into matters relevant to philosophy, romantic spirituality, abstract art and the dawning of modern, personal identity.
Beethoven has three large choral works bordering on or in the religious tradition and meant for concert performance.
Everybody knows the opening of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Da-da-da-daaaa.
When I heard the opening of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony (1807) the first time, I perceived it as utterly mind blowing.