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Ludwig van Beethoven:

Beethoven the Pianist

Beethoven was a pianist. During his lifetime, the piano changed quite a bit, and those changes were reflected in the music Beethoven composed for the instrument. William Black, who was head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talked with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development of the piano.

Music heard in this episode:

Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto
Beethoven: Sonata #21 "Waldstein"
Beethoven: Sonata #14 "Moonlight"
Beethoven: Sonata #8 "Pathetique"
Beethoven: Sonata #17 "Tempest"
Beethoven: Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

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About Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven's Symphonies
Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects
Roll Over Beethoven

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This Week's Quiz!

Inside a harpsichord, the strings are plucked by little quills.

 True

 False

Inside a piano, the strings are hit by hammers.

 True

 False

Many of Beethoven's piano sonatas show how large the piano keyboard of his time was.

 True

 False

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Beethoven the Pianist

Beethoven was a pianist. During his lifetime, the piano changed quite a bit, and those changes were reflected in the music Beethoven composed for the instrument. William Black, who was head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talked with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development of the piano.

Music heard in this episode:

Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto
Beethoven: Sonata #21 "Waldstein"
Beethoven: Sonata #14 "Moonlight"
Beethoven: Sonata #8 "Pathetique"
Beethoven: Sonata #17 "Tempest"
Beethoven: Sonata #14 "Moonlight"

More shows about Ludwig van Beethoven

About Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven's Symphonies
Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects
Roll Over Beethoven

Learn more about Ludwig van Beethoven

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

Inside a harpsichord, the strings are plucked by little quills.

 True

 False

Inside a piano, the strings are hit by hammers.

 True

 False

Many of Beethoven's piano sonatas show how large the piano keyboard of his time was.

 True

 False

 

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