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A discography that is second to none. Beethoven's pieces are still admired today, loved to be heard and reinterpreted. On Spotify alone, he has over 5 million monthly listeners.
Beethoven's works have been on the move as part of the Voyager Golden Records since 1977. The discs with audio and image data are intended to point aliens to human existence and to attract them. Well, if Beethoven isn’t worth a trip ...
Beethoven's music has always had a unique power that connects people. Today more than ever: The last movement of his 9th symphony became today's European anthem. A work that connects all Europeans and stands for our common values: freedom, democracy and human rights. Values that need to be protected more every day.
Even today, Beethoven's pieces push musicians and conductors to their limits. They are complex, sophisticated and revolutionarily playful in their unusual rhythms. Researchers at the University of Michigan and Washington found that a cardiac arrhythmia could have been the reason for Beethoven's unprecedented rhythm feeling.
After his childhood in Bonn, Beethoven moved to Vienna - the center of the monarchy at the time. And he revolted like no one before him: As an extravagant outsider he roamed the streets, did not let the aristocracy dictate his life and made a name for himself as a virtuoso eccentric in a world that was not yet ready for star attitudes.
Whether he also devastated hotel rooms during his tours, we do not know ...