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CSI Beethoven

February 3, 2008

Even for people who don’t like classical music hear of the name, Beethoven — one of the greatest composers of all time. Maybe even hear of the opening of the first movement of Symphony No. 5 or the chorus in the fourth movement of Symphony No. 9. Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony, chose the Beethoven Symphonies as her conduit to “embody the freatness of the past and the excitement of the future”.

In order to understand the human side of Beethoven, Ms. Alsop and a team of forensic experts analyze Beethoven’s symphonies and his life suffering, including the loss of hearing and the cause of his death.

In this article, “Marin Alsop’s Symphonic Sleuthing“, you can listen to what Beethoven heard in Symphony No. 5 and 9.

He composed what he hear in his mind, not in his ears.

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