In 1812, Beethoven composed joyful music in his Symphony No. 7, yet that time was a low point in his personal life. How could a person so unhappy write such cheerful music? That question haunted composer Kevin Puts so he decided to look for the answer by composing new music. This weekend on Performance Today, we'll hear Puts's piece "Inspiring Beethoven," in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, plus a performance of Beethoven's 7th from Dallas, Texas.