Happy Birthday Beethoven!

  • Posted on: 15 April 2020
  • By: huw

2020 would have been the composer’s 250th birthday. In preparation for the great day in December, there’s nothing to stop us listening and learning while in isolation.

Listening: While is self-isolation, members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra play Ode to Joy - a piece which became the European Union’s official anthem in 1985.

This performance of Beethoven Symphonies Nos 5 and 6, by the Philadelphia Orchestra in empty concert hall, was broadcast worldwide on March 21, 2020 – the day our own RCS performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass was due to happen.

Learning: For dissections of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, the Khan Academy has a freely available series of videos.