Beethoven http://tpr.org en Helen Keller's Glimpse Of Beethoven's 'Heavenly Vibration' http://tpr.org/post/helen-kellers-glimpse-beethovens-heavenly-vibration Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>An extraordinary note appeared this week on the Letters of Note blog. Dated Feb 1, 1924, it was sent to the New York Symphony Orchestra after they'd performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. The writer said she could neither hear nor see but she had placed her hand on the radio speaker. Then she wrote: What was my amazement to discover that I could feel not only the vibrations but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 editor 29137 at http://tpr.org The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action http://tpr.org/post/ode-joy-call-action <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I90_deaEFus</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:29:15 +0000 NPR Staff 25096 at http://tpr.org The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-makes-great-chamber-music-great-screenplay <p>At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's<em> String Quartet #14, Opus 131</em>. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the Brentano&nbsp;String Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:08:30 +0000 John Clare 15893 at http://tpr.org Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay Does Beethoven's Choral Sympony Complete the Missa Solemnis? http://tpr.org/post/does-beethovens-choral-sympony-complete-missa-solemnis <p></p><p>Critics have often been a little nervous about Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." To some, it has a fragmented quality about it, especially in the final movement, the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcNfFGz1jb0" target="_blank">Agnus Dei</a>.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 06:24:55 +0000 James Baker 12665 at http://tpr.org Does Beethoven's Choral Sympony Complete the Missa Solemnis? Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor http://tpr.org/post/beethovens-ultimate-piano-sonata-no-32-c-minor <p><strong>Ultimate</strong>, a word that originally meant last in Latin has become a description of <em>finest </em>or <em>best</em> in English<br>or <em>ne plus ultra</em> in French. It can be argued that Beethoven's last or ultimate sonata fits both definitions.<br><br>Coming near the end of a life of breaking barriers and exercising his considerable will, the composer's last<br>sonatas are artistic works that have earned their immortality.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Randy Anderson 10358 at http://tpr.org Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages http://tpr.org/post/last-sonatas-beethoven-and-composing-ages <p>It is scary to realize that some of our planet's great art is there for what at the time was an accidental circumstance.</p><p>In 1819 Moritz Schlesinger, a music publisher, met with Beethoven and bargained for 60 songs and 3 piano sonatas. These were his last three piano sonatas - the pinnacle of his Late period - and took longer because of illness and other work.</p><p>Because of these circumstances there was talk of dropping the sonatas from the contract. The Piano Sonata No. 31 was finished Christmas Day 1821.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:45:39 +0000 Randy Anderson 10292 at http://tpr.org The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages What Was Old Is New Again With Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 http://tpr.org/post/what-was-old-new-again-beethovens-sonata-no-30 <p>After his mighty "<em>Hammerklavier</em> Sonata," Ludwig van Beethoven continued with writing sonatas, but on a smaller and more intimate scale.</p><p>The "Sonata No. 30 in E" is a rare combination of nostalgia, youthful vigor and an antiquarian's love of baroque musical forms.</p><p>In the first movement, the music swims out of the void into being and the composer weaves passages that simultaneously project them forward and fall back into reminiscence.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:46:24 +0000 Randy Anderson 10215 at http://tpr.org What Was Old Is New Again With Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 One Of Beethoven's Greatest Testaments, The 'Hammerklavier Sonata' http://tpr.org/post/one-beethovens-greatest-testaments-hammerklavier-sonata <p>My piano teacher told me about the story of Ludwig van Beethoven's creation of his biggest Piano Sonata the <em>"Hammerklavier."</em></p><p>It goes back to John Broadwood sending him his best and biggest piano, and Beethoven's reply was this groundbreaking work. When I looked up to confirm what I was told, I found out the story was even more amazing.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:27:52 +0000 Randy Anderson 10173 at http://tpr.org One Of Beethoven's Greatest Testaments, The 'Hammerklavier Sonata' Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-transcends-his-time-28th-piano-sonata <p>What is a musical genius to do? Ludwig van Beethoven had been composing piano sonatas with his own technical prowess in mind since he was eleven years old, and thirty five years later he hits a brick wall.</p><p>The new ideas and experimentation that stimulated so much of his music wasn't happening. This was the situation Beethoven found himself in 1816. The composer was a crotchety and difficult man at the best of times and after 1815 his physical problems and lack of energy brought his compositional growth to a standstill.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:25:17 +0000 Randy Anderson 10074 at http://tpr.org Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times http://tpr.org/post/beethoven-and-painful-farewell-art-uncertain-times-0 <p>Context is everything. Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 26th piano sonata to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. The nickname of the sonata is <em>"Les Adieux"</em> or "Farewell," and I've heard speculation on the supposed relationship between the composer and his patron and friend.</p><p>Just knowing the title page on the first edition helps clarify some facts: "On the departure of his imperial highness, for the Archduke Rudolph, in admiration."</p><p>Why was his highness leaving? War.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:53:49 +0000 Randy Anderson 9893 at http://tpr.org Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times