Ludwig van Beethoven
Today we’re listening to Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer and pianist. Born in 1770, Beethoven came from a long line of musicians. He began studying piano at age 5, suffering grueling instruction from local teachers including an insomniac who would drag him from bed to the piano.1 At the turn of the 19th century, Beethoven’s first and second symphonies earned him the reputation as the successor to Mozart and Haydn. We’re playing his third piano concerto from 1800, performed in 1960 by Glenn Gould and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.2 Then we’re playing Beethoven’s eighth piano sonata from 1799 – aka the Pathétique – as performed by Yundi in 2012, an album that also includes the Moonlight and Appassionata.
Have a really nice Wednesday.