Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most prolific and celebrated composers of the Classical and Romantic eras. We are collecting music, coverage and news about Beethoven from around Classical MPR and our affiliated programs. Have a look (and listen) and enjoy.
Beethoven's Life and Work
Stories about Beethoven, and the music he created.
New Classical Tracks: Terrifying, restless, witty Jonathan Biss is halfway through a nine–year, nine–disc recording project of the entire Beethoven sonata cycle. The most recent is volume four. Learn more about the project including its educational component and enter for a chance to win the CD.May 20, 2015
New Classical Tracks: The joy and tumult of Beethoven The Cypress String Quartet were first inspired to record Beethoven's late quartets. Now 'telling the story backwards', they are releasing a three-CD set of Beethoven's middle quartets, works that came at a tumultuous time in the composer's life.March 4, 2015
Learning to Listen: Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky.March 2, 2015
Morning Glories: Birthday Beethoven This week brings us the birthday of the man who for many is the archetypal composer in the classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven (the evidence points to a December 16 birthday -- no one is absolutely sure). We'll note the anniversary with five Morning Glories, each in a different genre: sonata, symphony, string quartet, ballet, and choral.December 15, 2014
New Classical Tracks: Pushing the Boundaries Pianist Alessio Bax is fascinated by Beethoven's music. Even though Bax feels Beethoven's music can never be mastered, there's enough to explore and discover that Bax has released a new album of Beethoven music.October 22, 2014
On Beethoven's Birthday, The Three Periods It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today.December 16, 2013
Writing thriller novels with Beethoven Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver whose latest book, The Kill Room, is the next in the series featuring forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme finds story structure in symphonic music.August 5, 2013
New Classical Tracks: Piano Variations According to Emanuel Ax, writing variations on a theme is a way for composers to show off what they can do. On his new disc, he lets us hear how Haydn, Beethoven, and Robert Schumann flex their muscles.January 29, 2013
The world’s oldest musical instrument
Ever wonder what a 40,000-year-old instrument might sound like? Experimental archaeologist Wulf Hein was part of a 1992 excavation team that explored southwestern Germany — in particular, the Geißenklösterle cave. In Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Hein (dressed in reindeer fur and leather) explains what they discovered: “One of the most important finds we made in this cave was … Continue reading The world’s oldest musical instrument →