Category Archives: Music History

Sotheby’s clashes with expert over Beethoven manuscript that fails to sell after public row over authenticity

    A handwritten Beethoven score valued at up to £200,000 has failed to sell at auction, after a public row between music scholars over whether it was written in the composer’s own hand. The manuscript for Allegretto In B Minor, thought … Continue reading

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Visit to Beethoven’s Molker Bastei House- video

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Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century- BBC documentaries

     

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Beethoven  Hero: documentary film trilogy by Kerry Candaele

Beethoven  Hero is a continuing exploration of the man, his music, and his extraordinary reach across time and space. The trilogy takes us on a journey through history and around the world, telling stories of the enduring power of Beethoven’s creations—of … Continue reading

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The Secret of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – BBC Documentary 2016

A great documentary which explores what inspired Beethoven to create the amazing 5th Symphony. What I especially love is the inclusion a visit to Bonn and Beethoven Haus, and conductor John Eliot Gardner’s period orchestra. Yes folks- the 5th in … Continue reading

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Why Pianos From Mozart’s Era Are Better Than Ours

At a festival in Zichron Yaakov, pianist Malcolm Bilson will try to prove his contention that 300-year-old pianos can produce more faithful sounds than Steinways.   Let’s say you’re a pianist, or a devoted fan of classical piano music. And … Continue reading

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Ludwig van Beethoven archive articles, 1827

From the archive, 23 April 1827: Following the death of Beethoven, the Observer publishes a personal account of the eccentric and prodigiously talented composer. He has always a small paper book with him, and what conversation takes place is carried … Continue reading

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