Happy Birthday Beethoven!

2020 would have been the composer’s 250th birthday. In preparation for the great day in December, there’s nothing to stop us listening and learning while in isolation.

Listening: While is self-isolation, members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra play Ode to Joy - a piece which became the European Union’s official anthem in 1985.

This performance of Beethoven Symphonies Nos 5 and 6, by the Philadelphia Orchestra in empty concert hall, was broadcast worldwide on March 21, 2020 – the day our own RCS performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass was due to happen.

Learning: For dissections of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, the Khan Academy has a freely available series of videos.