“In 1825, while recuperating from a near-death experience, Beethoven composed one of the most profound pieces of music in Western history. Andrea Valentino explores how The Holy Song of Thanksgiving came about.”
– Andrea Valentino for BBC
In the article “Beethoven 250: The ultimate song of health after illness” from BBC Culture, Andrea Valentino discusses the great influence of Beethoven on composers centuries after his time.
“Despite lockdowns and a pandemic, fans all over the world are celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth with typical enthusiasm, hosting talks and digital concerts from Rotterdam to Denver. In March, performers with the Berlin State Opera took to their balconies to sing excerpts from his heroic Ninth Symphony. In May, officials eagerly reopened the Beethoven-Haus, his childhood home in the centre of Bonn.”
As centuries go by and time passes, one thing remains the same: humans turn to music in the midst of chaotic times.