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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Beethoven as Folk Troubador

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beethoven composed dozens of settings of folk tunes from non-German countries. Tonight, Terrance McKnight samples a few gems. Plus: the composer's oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives.

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Café Concert: Miró Quartet

Friday, November 11, 2011

After a dramatic personnel change, the Austin, Texas-based Miró Quartet is reconnecting with its roots in the music of Beethoven. Watch them perform in the WQXR Cafe.

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Beethoven in a New (Darker) Light

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In a new exhibit at the Miami Art Museum, the multimedia artist Enrique Martinez Celaya offers a chilling perspective on the final days of Beethoven's life. 

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Which Regal Pianist Reigns Supreme?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Of these regal pianists of the 20th century — Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau, Artur Rubinstein — by just a couple votes you chose Rubinstein as the pianist you wanted to hear perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor? We played the winner at noon.

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How Beethoven Became an American Icon

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Feminists and black radicals, filmmakers, architects and rappers all grasped something in the emotional power of Beethoven’s music. Michael Broyles explores this in the new book Beethoven in America.

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Purposefully Bleak

Monday, November 07, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler for a month-long investigation of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas and the far-reaching effects this titanic body of repertoire has had on contemporary keyboard music.

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The Electric and Kinetic Sound World of Michael Gordon

Monday, November 07, 2011

As WQXR presents Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music spotlights today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week Nadia Sirota focuses on the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon

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Artemis Quartet Reaches Rapturous Heights in Beethoven Set

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A new box set features the Artemis Quartet's performances of Beethoven's sixteen string quartets.

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All Ears on Beethoven

Saturday, November 05, 2011

With WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month underway, Terrance McKnight reflects on the composer's lasting influence on the worlds of jazz, pop, big band and even disco.

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Road to Joy with Jeremy Denk

Friday, November 04, 2011

Today at 1 pm, we celebrate Beethoven Awareness Month with pianist Jeremy Denk. We delve into the revolutionary nature of Beethoven's works and ask—who are the modern-day Beethovens? And is such a distinction still relevant?

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Tempest in a Tenor

Friday, November 04, 2011

In spite of only having one opera and a handful of lieder to his name, Beethoven did just as much for the tenor voice as his predecessor Mozart, argues Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti.

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Top Five Beethoven-Centric Movies

Friday, November 04, 2011

The details of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life seem scripted for a movie and filmmakers have noticed. We’ve compiled our top five films featuring Beethoven.

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The Ultimate Beethoven Workout Mix

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In advance of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, we've created a workout mix of particularly high-energy Beethoven moments that are sure to inspire -- and get you across that finish line.

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Violin Greats Take on Beethoven

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

You chose Jascha Heifetz as the violinist you wanted to hear in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. We played it at noon.

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Where's Beethoven? Photo Contest

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Do you know where Beethoven is in this photo? Tell us and you'll be entered into our "Where's Beethoven?" contest.

Powerhouse Piano Concertos

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

For WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music gets back to its "500 Years of New-Music" roots and pays homage to the genre where the many strands of the composer's creative persona come into sharpest focus -- the piano concerto. Every night at 10 pm throughout November, Q2 Music streams back-to-back piano concertos, the first from the 19th century and behind the imposing shadow of Beethoven's own five masterworks and the second from today's active, international repertoire.

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A Beethoven Timeline: Events that Shaped the Genius

Monday, October 31, 2011

Custody battles, health problems, political upheaval, failed relationships -- Beethoven’s life was as dramatic and tumultuous as his music.

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Alice Sara Ott Reveals Two Sides of Beethoven's Pianism

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two piano sonatas reveal Beethoven at two very different stages in his life and Ott, a 23-year-old German-Japanese pianist, captures their gripping details.

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Top Five Beethoven Variations on Someone Else's Theme

Friday, October 28, 2011

In Beethoven's day, variations on a popular tune -- especially one from a favorite opera or oratorio -- sold well to the burgeoning home music-making market.

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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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