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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When Beethoven Gave Thanks

When Beethoven, late in his life, and fully deaf, survived a serious illness, he wrote a slow movement for one of his fabled final string quartets, calling it a  "convalescent's holy song of Thanksgiving,"  now known as the Heiliger Dankgesang.  I am not alone in considering it one of  the greatest and most profound  pieces of music ever written.   Plus here's latest on our film and book about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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