Born 250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven is a household name, known for composing the hymn “Ode to Joy” AKA “Joyful, Joyful”, the famed 4-note fate theme of his Fifth Symphony, the haunting “Moonlight” Sonata and “Für Elise for piano. These gorgeous pieces, though, are only a sampling of this legendary composer’s life’s work. In this two-part series, Host David Ball is joined by Brooklyn-based composer and organist Ryan Dodge in an exploration into the inspired works of Ludwig van Beethoven – featuring not only his most well-known pieces, but also highlighting some of his lesser-known, but most well-crafted pieces. With the guidance and perspective of composer Ryan Dodge, learn about Beethoven and why this composer is still remembered, loved, and celebrated 250 years later. Part I features music from his solo piano works and string quartets; Part II features excerpts from his groundbreaking symphonic writing – a staple of every orchestra’s repertoire, heard in concert halls around the world.
Learn more about this episode’s cohost Ryan Dodge: https://ryandodgemusic.com