The Ludwig van Beethoven Complex

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How strong is the Beethoven bond? How far does Ludwig's musical line run?

His unmistakable rhythmic G-force and brilliant harmonic sense and those unforgettable melodies transfused with delicacy and intensity (and perhaps madness) are always also topped off with masterful architectural planning. The music barrels on, working its extreme genius to both delight and ruffle listeners and to exert influence on artists all around the globe.

How do modern composers handle this Beethoven complex? How do they lift a pencil in his shadow?

Tune in all this week to hear Beethoven’s legacy riding through fast and clear in the work of modern masters from around Europe, Australia and North America. Listen to sonatas, variations and klavierstucke by William Albright, Luciano Berio, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Copland, Michael Gordon, Charles Ives, Elena Kats-Chernin, Wolfgang Rihm, Frederic Rzewski, Carl Vine and Anton Webern.