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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
When Beethoven Gave Thanks
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