Happy Birthday Beethoven!


If Google has not already alert­ed you to the fact, we at Radio Riel are hap­py to inform you that today is the 245th anniver­sary of Lud­wig Von Beethoven’s bap­tism! Tech­ni­cal­ly there is no record of his birth, although it is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed to be Decem­ber 16, 1770.

From Wikipedia:

Lud­wig van Beethoven was a Ger­man com­pos­er and pianist. He was a cru­cial fig­ure in the tran­si­tion­al peri­od between the Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic eras in West­ern clas­si­cal music, and remains one of the most respect­ed and influ­en­tial com­posers of all time.

Born in Bonn, then in the Elec­torate of Cologne (now in mod­ern-day Ger­many), he moved to Vien­na in his ear­ly twen­ties and set­tled there, study­ing with Joseph Haydn and quick­ly gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a vir­tu­oso pianist.

Beethoven’s hear­ing grad­u­al­ly dete­ri­o­rat­ed begin­ning in his twen­ties, yet he con­tin­ued to com­pose mas­ter­pieces, and to con­duct and per­form, even after he was com­plete­ly deaf.

Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side of the Unit­ed States, click here to start your play­er .

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