Beethoven - Popular Composer

When he was alive, Beethoven - one of the world's most famous composers - was sometimes considered to be a strange man.  Except for his servants, he lived alone.  It was almost as though he had been banished.

In a way, because of his hearing difficulties, Beethoven was banished.  Separated from people in the hearing world, who could listen to his music, he was sometimes hostile to others.

Yet ... his musical compositions are emotional, soaring and powerful.  Hundreds of years later, his works are still widely admired and frequently performed in concert halls throughout the world.

Clip from “Beethoven,” a 2005 BBC television production, featuring Charles Hazlewood and starring Paul Rhys as Beethoven.

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Credits

Clip from “Beethoven,” a 2005 BBC television production, featuring Charles Hazlewood and starring Paul Rhys as Beethoven. 

Online, via BBC Worldwide Channel at YouTube.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

Director:
Ursula Macfarlane

Key Cast Members:

Paul Rhys
Ludwig van Beethoven

Jack Shepherd
Joseph Haydn

David Bamber
Prince Lichnowsky

Alice Eve
Countess Giulietta Guicciardi

Nicholas Farrell
Stephan von Breuning

Tom Goodman-Hill
Anton Schindler

Gareth David-Lloyd
Older Karl

Casper Harvey
Young Karl

Sarah Hadland
Johanna van Beethoven

Christian Coulson
Archduke Rudolph

Charles Hazlewood
Himself - Presenter

 

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