Thursday, December 16, 2010

12/16 Happy 240th Birthday Beethoven!

Today marks Beethoven's 240th Birthday.  Actually there's no paper evidence that says he was born on December 16, 1770, but there is a certificate that he was baptised on the 17th, and children were baptised the day after birth.  Either way, he was born into this house:
Back garden (from museum webcam)

in this room:
..which you can visit in this "virtual tour".
The house now hosts the Beethoven Haus Bonn museum.  The Beethoven Haus website provides a great overview of the house including this page.

240 years later and still the best!

Apparently WDAV radio is having an all day LvB fest


  1. Happy Birthday to my Very Favorite Composer! Music and the world would be much different if he'd never been been born. I know the genius of his music has made a difference in my life.

    Beethoven said: “Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.” I think he was on to something there.

    Today I am going a Chamber Soireé entitled "Happy Birthday Ludwig"

    Beethoven | Quartet No. 10, Op. 74, Harp
    Beethoven | Quintet for Piano and Winds Op. 1

  2. Wow - that sounds like a great set! Wish I could be there...the Quintet must be Op.16? Have fun!