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  • - [Narrator] The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary

  • of Beethoven's birth and Germany is ready to celebrate,

  • but nowhere more so than his hometown of Bonn.

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  • - [Announcer] This Great Big Story was made possible by

  • the German National Tourist Board.

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  • - Beethoven lived more than 22 years in Bonn

  • and there are many places here

  • that are associated with Beethoven.

  • My name is Malte Boecker.

  • I'm the director of the Beethoven-Haus.

  • We're in front of the Beethoven-Haus,

  • Beethoven's birth place in 1770,

  • and it's considered one of the best visited

  • music museums in the world.

  • I'm standing in front of the Beethoven monument,

  • and it's the first monument dedicated to Beethoven ever,

  • and we're very proud to have it here in Bonn.

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  • This is one of 22 installations,

  • and this is our form of presenting

  • the Beethoven city Bonn to the world.

  • I think he'd be pretty happy to see

  • that his music is still relevant, is still performed,

  • and he would encourage us to look to the future.

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  • - [Narrator] The city of Bonn during the day is beautiful,

  • but at night it really shines.

  • in honor of Beethoven's 250th anniversary,

  • the city of Bonn in Germany is lighting up the night

  • with some installations inspired by him and his works.

  • (Nils speaks in a foreign language)

  • (Felix speaks in a foreign language)

  • (Nils speaks in a foreign language)

  • (Felix speaks in a foreign language)

  • (Nils speaks in a foreign language)

  • (melancholy piano music)

  • - [Narrator] From sight to sound, one woman is uniting

  • with composers across the globe to curate and perform

  • 250 original compositions inspired by Beethoven's work.

  • - Having Bonn in the focus of contemporary composers

  • is the best thing you could give Beethoven

  • as a birthday gift.

  • My name is Susanne Kessel.

  • I'm a concert pianist.

  • I'm organizing and managing the project

  • 250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven.

  • In 2020, the large Beethoven anniversary will take place,

  • and as a Bonn citizen,

  • I wanted to do a large project for him.

  • I thought of asking 250 composers all over the world

  • for personal commissions for piano pieces

  • that refer to Beethoven's music or his personality

  • or his deafness.

  • All composers are free to do what they like.

  • I always perform other people's music,

  • and this is something that makes me really, really happy,

  • of course, that through Beethoven

  • people have the connection to new music.

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  • - [Narrator] The music continues outside of Bonn

  • with some curious self-playing instruments.

  • Located in Germany, there is a museum

  • of antique self-playing mechanical music instruments

  • where you can hear

  • Beethoven's classical orchestral arrangements played.

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  • - I belong to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet.

  • They were the first possibility to listen to music

  • without the help of a human being,

  • and as an composer, to write music and have it played

  • exactly like you want it to.

  • The oldest instrument is from 1780

  • and it's clear Meyer flute clock.

  • Fairground organ is one of the most favorite.

  • The Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina plays six violins

  • at the same time together with piano.

  • Usually people don't know about these instruments anymore,

  • and it's a lot of dancing and singing.

  • It's more fun in here.

  • - [Narrator] And finally, two performers who celebrate

  • Beethoven every day by re-imagining his works

  • with one piano and four hands.

  • (dramatic piano music)

  • - We want to combine piano and entertainment

  • and make classical pieces more accessible to the audience.

  • (dramatic piano music)

  • We are Pianotainment, Marcel Dorn and Stephan Weh.

  • We perform all over the world.

  • more than 100 countries still now.

  • - Beethoven is one of the most famous composers

  • and he gave so much to the world with his music.

  • And now we live in 2020 and it's the Beethoven year.

  • That's a great chance to bring his work back on stage

  • in our way, four-handed show elements

  • and a bit more funny than he was himself.

  • The audience is amazed how we put together old Beethoven

  • with new styles of Latin, of samba, et cetera.

  • Sharing an instrument, you have to be like Siamese twins.

  • Four hands, one piano, one artist.

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How Germany Is Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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