#Beethoven2020 – Daniel Hope: Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday

#Beethoven2020 – Daniel Hope: Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday


As the world
celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020. It’s time not just to celebrate
his incredible music but also to examine the man and the myth. And it’s impossible to think
of Beethoven without remembering that he suffered
a great disability. His deafness. He fought against all odds
to continue as a great musician a great pianist and a
great composer. Even though it meant
huge suffering for him and in his Heiligenstädter
Testament he talks of the difficulties of not
hearing the instruments that he’s writing for. Let’s not forget that the
hearing aids in Beethoven’s time
were very crude. They looked something like this. And so he would have to use
something like this not only to communicate with the outside
world but to share his message. This is an extraordinary
emotional moment from a man that sometimes
shunned emotions and „Play On“ or „Play against all odds“ is Deutsche Grammophon´s
way of encouraging you all to keep going, to fight
against difficulties, disabilities and to use
music to do so.

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