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.
Beethoven - Popular Composer
Beethoven - Child Composer
Beethoven Moves to Vienna
Beethoven as a Brilliant Pianist
Beethoven Begins to Grow Deaf
Beethoven in Despair
Overcoming Despair with Work
Composing the Appassionata
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - Its Debut
Beethoven the Famous Composer
Custody Battles for Young Karl
Birth of the Hammerklavier
Composing the Missa Solemnis
Birth of the Ninth Symphony
Premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Last Months of Beethoven's Life
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.
Key Cast Members:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Countess Giulietta Guicciardi
Stephan von Breuning
Johanna van Beethoven
Himself - Presenter
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