Beethoven is for all ages as we see in this episode which is especially for Sarah Willis' younger viewers. She visits his birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn with some friends and shows excerpts from one of her children's concerts.
When Deutsche Welle first went on the air 65 years ago, the broadcaster opted for a melody from "Fidelio" for its signature tune. Ludwig van Beethoven's opera is about an act of liberation.
Ludwig van Beethoven, the most often performed classical composer, will be specially honored in the city of his birth in the anniversary year: not as a merely local event, but as a "national assignment."
Finding a catchy motto for the Beethovenfest is no problem for its director, Nike Wagner. But as she tells DW, much remains to be done when it comes to exploiting Bonn's status as birthplace of the famous composer.
What music did Beethoven play as a youth? What saved him from suicide? "Fate" is not only in the subtitle to the Fifth Symphony — it's also the motto for this year's Beethovenfest.
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