Beethoven Awareness Month

A November Series Dedicated to the Iconic - and Outrageous - Composer

No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. Beethoven Awareness Month is a multifaceted festival, celebrating his catalog on air, in a live broadcast from Carnegie Hall, a piano sonata marathon in The Greene Space and many fun competitions online.

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WQXR Declares November Beethoven Awareness Month

Friday, October 28, 2011

WQXR unveils a viral ad campaign to promote November as Beethoven Awareness Month and thus draws attention to classical music's famous composer.

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Café Concert: Cypress String Quartet

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Cypress String Quartet turns 15 this year with an unusual venture: a nationwide radio tour. The ensemble joined us in the cafe as part of the first leg of that journey to perform music by Beethoven.

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Critical Assaults on Beethoven

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As Beethoven Awareness Month wraps up, we’ve given a lot of praise to this great composer. But we want to provide coverage that's fair and balanced. And sometimes mean.

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A Final Bow for Beethoven Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As we wrap up Beethoven Awareness month, we hope you’ll continue to “spread the joy” and enjoy these free downloads from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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Beethoven’s Deafness: For Better or Worse – Or Neither?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Beethoven's deafness didn't stigmatize his music -- it made it better. At least that's popular belief. A new book attempts to separate myths from reality.

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Magic with Everyday Objects: The Music of Missy Mazzoli

Monday, November 28, 2011

Missy Mazzoli has a distinct, poignant compositional point-of-view -- a voice which rings clearly throughout her work, be it music written for orchestra, her chamber-pop band Victoire or operatic voices.

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The Definitive Diabellis

Monday, November 28, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler for a month-long investigation of Beethoven's piano music and its far-reaching effects on contemporary keyboard music. This week: The Definitive Diabellis.

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The Worst Beethoven Album Covers...Ever

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month, dare to check out our list of the worst crimes against album cover design when it comes to history's greatest composer.

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A Whole Lotta Notes!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler for a month-long investigation of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas and their far-reaching effects on contemporary keyboard music.

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Beethoven Piano Sonata Marathon: The Complete Video Archive

Monday, November 21, 2011

Watch the entire 12-hour Beethoven Sonata Marathon as it happened on Sunday.

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Beethoven Sonata Marathon Reaches Thousands of Online Listeners

Monday, November 21, 2011

Listen to four highlights from WQXR's twelve-hour, 32-piano sonata marathon from Sunday.

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Timothy Andres: Bringing the Virtuoso Composer-Performer Tradition into the 21st Century

Monday, November 21, 2011

As part of WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music honors the spirit of arguably the most iconic and paradigm-shifting composer of all time with four weeklong portraits of some of today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. Featuring insights provided by the composers themselves to their key works, this month draws back the curtain with exclusive, direct composer commentary on what it means to write music in the 21st century. This week: Sleeping Giant's co-founder and composer/pianist Timothy Andres.

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Germany's Oldest Orchestra Shakes Up Beethoven Symphonies

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Leipzig Gewandhaus performed the first Beethoven symphony cycle in 1825. Under Riccardo Chailly, they've recorded a new version that packs a punch.

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Mayor Designates November 20 as 'Beethoven Day' in NYC

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday, November 20 is "Beethoven Day," in New York City, signed and sealed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The honor comes in recognition of today's Beethoven sonata marathon.

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Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Plays Beethoven

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Wednesday night, WQXR presented a live broadcast of John Eliot Gardiner conducting three works by Beethoven.

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Interpreting Beethoven: How Authentic?

Monday, November 14, 2011

How do you prefer Beethoven symphonies: with the massive string sections and beefed-up choruses of the modern orchestra or the gutsy, lean sound of period-instrument groups? Weigh in here.

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Bagatelles, Ludes and Loose Change

Monday, November 14, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler as part of our month-long investigation of Beethoven's far-reaching effects on contemporary keyboard music.

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Beethoven Endurance Test: The 32-Sonata Marathon

Monday, November 14, 2011

On Sunday in The Greene Space, we presented all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas live over the course of 12 hours. Check back here later for highlights of the event.

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Tyondai Braxton: Blazing New Paths in New-Music

Monday, November 14, 2011

As part of WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music honors the spirit of arguably the most iconic and paradigm-shifting composer of all time with four weeklong portraits of some of today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week, indie-rock luminary Tyondai Braxton

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Planet Opera: Following Beethoven's Footsteps in Vienna

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vienna is often considered Mozart and Schubert's town. But Beethoven left his own indelible mark on the city, writes Fred Plotkin.

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85 CDs of Beethoven, from Symphonies to Mandolin Works

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Guarneri Quartet, Dresden Staatskapelle, Alfred Brendel and Henryk Szeryng are among the artists on a box set featuring Beethoven's collected works.

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