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Readers share their opinions on Beethoven

As the Beethovenfest begins in Bonn, our readers share their opinions on the great composer and talk about the impact he's had on their lives.

A portrait of Beethoven by Josef Stieker

Beethovenfest will run from September 10 until October 9

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

Beethoven is huge in my life and I've been maintaining a daily blog about his life and works: Hope to make the Beethovenfest someday! -- Ed , US

I have loved Beethoven since the first time I heard his music. It is difficult to say which are my favorite works but maybe Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' and Piano Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata.' Particularly I like this version, Parahia - Haitink, Hogwood with AAM and Afred Brendel, respectively. -- Javier , Colombia

Beethoven is definitely my favorite composer. My mother was born in Germany and I grew up hearing classical music. I love his music because it stimulates my senses and expands my mind. For me, no other composer has been able to express such beauty and majesty in all of his works. I never tire of listening to him. I have now passed my love of Beethoven to my six-year-old granddaughter whose favorite is Symphony No. 9. I could go on and on, but his music speaks for itself. -- Lily , US

This is a great place to share and remember Beethoven, long live Beethoven! -- Isabel , Mexico

As mezzo soprano I sang the Ninth Symphony for 25 years until I had surgery in my vocal cords. So, I appreciated indeed your lovely gift. It means a lot to me. It is a wonderful idea, allowing us to enjoy Beethoven's genius. -- Blue , US

I love his music because he speaks from his heart to my heart, and has my entire life. -- Rosella , Italy

One of Germany's most famous and revered sons, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote timeless music that emotionally inspires all people across all nations. His magnificent Ninth Symphony brilliantly captures and wonderfully expresses forever the hopes and aspirations of people everywhere and lifts the spirits of all who hear it, regardless of linguistic or cultural differences. His genius belongs to the world. -- Michael , Australia

He's my favorite classical composer. His music is exquisitely crafted and gets under your skin every time. -- Kirill via Facebook

I hear his deeply sensitive music and must remember my best and most significant years in Bonn! My daughter was also born there, like him! I love that town! -- Marcela via Facebook

Moonlight Sonata is one of the best pieces of psycho-acoustical music ever! Calms cranky babies and angry CEOs alike! -- Judith via Facebook

His music has given me joy since childhood. Furthermore, the perfection and harmony of the sounds of his creations taught me that life has its perfect moments, if we seek them, in art, love and faith -- Gabriela via Facebook

Moonlight Sonata also soothes you when you are upset with yourself! All these great people are such givers to the world. -- Arundhati via Facebook

Awesome. He still makes my day. Never a dull momento. -- Maria via Facebook

Compiled by Stuart Tiffen
Editor: Andreas Illmer

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