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Saturday, June 28, 2014

This 'Archduke' Still Reigns

As we mark th 100th anniversary of the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand, which set off World War I, here's Beethoven's tribute to one of his friends, students and patrons, a much earlier Archduke, Rudolph.  Never a mistake to listen to this, ever, no matter the day or time of day.   Pianist Jeremy Denk, who I interviewed for my Beethoven book, and knows a thing or two about all this, calls this movement his favorite music in the world--"the holiest of holies."

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