Today is (maybe) Beethoven’s birthday. He’d be 247 years old. He was christened on the 17th. His music is wonderous even today, and from the age of c 30 he suffered failing hearing to the point of living nearly in silence. Most of the music he wrote he never actually heard, it is logical music, but I think also emotional. He is known as the titan with one foot in the classical era and another in the romantic for he bridged both eras. He was very much an individual, and a deep thinker though he only had a 3rd grade education (maybe). Much of what he knew was self taught.

I personally love Beethoven’s music. His symphonies are over played in my opinion. His chamber music should be played more – also my opinion. Here is Yehudi Menuhin and Glen Gould playing sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10.

1st movement.

2nd Movement

3rd Movement

4th Movement

Taken from Wikipedia

The Violin Sonata No. 10 of Ludwig van Beethoven in G major, his Opus 96, was written in 1812, published in 1816, and dedicated to Beethoven’s pupil Archduke Rudolph Johannes Joseph Rainier of Austria, who gave its first performance, together with the violinist Pierre Rode.Silent

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