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One of the greatest and most influential composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven will be celebrated with an exhibition at The British Library from 3 December, 2021 to 24 April, 2022.
A German composer and pianist. His works rank amongst the most performed in classical music repertoire. Beethoven defied the onset of deafness from the age of 28 to produce an output that encompasses 722 works, including 9 symphonies, 35 piano sonatas and 16 string quartets.
Featuring manuscripts, archival documents, personal belongings and sound recordings, the exhibition will explore Beethoven's creative imagination, legacy and enduring influence against a backdrop of the cultural and political landscape of early 19th century Europe.
Some of the highlights include his earliest published works composed at age 12 and 13, sketches for Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and late string quartets, a tuning fork, which is thought to have belonged to Beethoven until 1803.
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In 2020, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the Library launched Discovering Music: 19th century, a free online resource that explores key works of 19th-century classical music and the social, political and cultural contexts in which they were written.
Discover the fascinating life and work of Beethoven at The British Library from 3 December, 2021 to 24 April, 2022.