Saturday Morning Cartoons: What's Ludwig Up To Today?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 is the featured music in this Saturday's cartoon. Music from the finale is used, along with the Fifth Symphony’s famous four-note motive, in the theme music for "Ludwig," a British series of animated short films made in the 1970s by Mirek and Peter Lang. Ludwig is an egg shaped, mechanical creature who loves Beethoven’s music.

Here is a description from Ludwig comes from, “who knows where. But he has decided to stay in this neck of the woods and conduct experiments on the residents ... He is here, sent (perhaps) by Martians. From his cavernous egg shaped body he produces everyday objects, mostly discarded or lost by children. In an attempt to understand what these objects are, he presents them to the animal residents to observe what they will make of them. He then takes out a musical instrument and plays his beautiful, pastoral music."

This episode is titled “Ludwig the Photographer”:


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CARTOONS ARE AN ENJOYABLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AGES. SURELY THE YOUNGSTERS NEED TO KNOW THAT THERE IS MORE THAN COMMERCIALIZED "CULTURE." BEETHOVEN's song literature, including his 158 songs and his cantatas and the Choral Symphony all attest to the fact that he, like Mozart, knew the potentials and options for writing for the voice and for instruments. Few composers have had such knowledge and pursued it to any way like such an enormous extent. GREAT recorded performances of Beethoven's symphonies are so numerous and my own, from childhhod record collecting days, include performances by maestri Walter, Toscanini, Beecham, Bodansky, Bernstein, Mehta, Solti, Koussevitsky, Krauss, Erich and Carlos Kleiber, Blech, Leinsdorf, Furtwaengler, Busch, Damrosch, Christian Thielemann, and von Karajan. Beethoven's symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, overtures, chamber music generally, cantatas, and song literature, is so pervasive and his world consciousness and basic humanity construct an icon unparalleled to and past his own era. At Juilliard, I studied his oeuvre and , in those days, all singers learned the concert rep of Beethoven , Schubert , Schumann, Wolf and Grieg, whether they would be opera singers or concert singers . So much of our treasured masterpieces, vocal and instrumental, are unknown quantities to most Americans. THANK YOU WQXR FOR CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN !!! Beethoven's symphonies are the ABCs of most essential single composers' oeuvre of the symphonic literature. Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ . I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites,, ,, and It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. The Beethoven violin concerto is celebrated by its ardent interpreters Heifetz, Menuhin, Perlman, Oistrakh, Sarasate, and Paganini. Great Beethoven interpreters at the piano include Horowitz, Rubinstein, Gieseking, Schnabel, Rachmaninoff, and Paderevski. Among the greatest singers famous for their Beethoven performances in opera and concert my voice teachers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. Other famous singers with extensive Beethoven "rep" were Flagstad, Roswaenge, Birgit Nilsson, Svanholm, Fischer-Dieskau, Jerome Hines, Vickers, Jean and Eduard de Reszke, Resnik, Rysanek, London, List, Rethberg, Lehmann, and Traubel.

Nov. 26 2012 08:30 AM

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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. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.