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Ludwig van Beethoven

April 30, 2012

Beethoven as a Kid

Before he was a music celebrity, Beethoven was the new kid in town in Vienna. He was in his mid-20s and slowly earning a reputation as a great pianist and improviser. But nobody really knew if he could write music. Beethoven was eager to prove himself as a composer so he took a toe-tapper of a tune and wrote some virtuosic variations. That earned Beethoven a spot in a heated musical duel. Find out who won and how on Mondaya€™s Performance Today

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    String Quartet in f minor, Op. 95, (Serioso)
    Borromeo String Quartet
  • Anonymous
    Amours mi font souffrir/En mai/
    Anonymous 4: Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Mayskaya noch ("May Night"): Overture
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Alan Buribayev, conductor
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • Dominicus de Ferrara
    O dolce conpagno
    Folger Consort, Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall, artistic directors
    Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Francesco Landini
    Ecco la primavera
    Trefoil: Drew Minter, Mark Rimple, Marcia Young
    Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 ("Gassenhauer")
    Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Nicholas Canellakis, cello
    Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson,
  • Richard Wagner
    Faust Overture
    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Concertgebouw; Amsterdam, Netherlands 110416

hour 2

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Suite Italienne; Minuetto and Finale
    Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Andre-Michel Schub, piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Recorder Concerto in Bb Major, BWV 1055
    Erik Bosgraf, recorder Cordevento XL: Zefira Valova, violin; Ivan Iliev, violin; Zdenka Prochazkova, viola; Linda Mantcheva, cello; Alessandro Pianu, harpsichord
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Divertimento, from The Fairy's Kiss
    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
  • Jean Rousee
    La rosee du moys de may
    Paul O'Dette, lute
    Boston Early Music Festival; Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Marco dall'Aquila
    Saltarello (La Traditora)
    Paul O'Dette, lute
    Boston Early Music Festival; Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Marco dall'Aquila
    Il Marchese di Saluzzo
    Paul O'Dette, lute
    Boston Early Music Festival; Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
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