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Beethoven, Ludwig van

Aug 3, 2014 — Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
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Dec 22, 2012 — On subjects familiar (Beethoven's Fifth) and obscure (notoriously tight-lipped cult artists), our favorite writing about music dove deep and showed us new ways to love the sounds in our lives.
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Nov 19, 2012 — Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and author Matthew Guerrieri explain the incredible resonances, past and present, behind one of the most famous phrases in music: the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
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May 29, 2009 — Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove's Sonata Mulaticca, is a book-length group of poems about the life of George Polgreen Bridgetower, an African-European who played violin with Beethoven and then had a falling out with the great man over a woman.
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Apr 13, 2009 — In commemoration of National Poetry Month, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rita Dove reads her poem "Ludwig Von Beethoven's Return to Vienna" from her book Sonata Mulatica. The poem imagines Beethoven contemplating his deafness as he returns to Vienna.
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Jul 2, 2006 — Beethoven poured his "scowling genius" into his 32 sonatas — works that helped transform music forever. Three artists discuss their attempts to interpret some of the most challenging pieces ever written for piano.
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Dec 2, 2005 — With her gift book selections, NPR's Ketzel Levine will take you wandering through old maps and contemporary art galleries, courtside at the NBA, inside the minds of raucous high school kids, and into the embrace of poems.
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Dec 1, 2005 — "Beethoven is likely to entice the converted to do more substantive, musicological reading about the composer, and invite the newly-initiated to do more thoughtful listening," writes senior correspondent Ketzel Levine in her roundup of the best gift books of the season.
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Oct 26, 2005 — Edmund Morris' new biography details Beethoven's life, from the cities of Bonn and Vienna where he lived into his professional friendships and rivalries with Haydn, Mozart, Goethe and Napoleon Bonaparte. The book also examines his often difficult relationships with his family and explores his ability to transcend his gathering deafness.
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