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Premiere of the Ninth Symphony - Beethoven Cries

Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824 at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna.  Although his deafness did not allow him to conduct, Beethoven was on stage for the first time in twelve years.

Because he was facing the orchestra, he could not see the audience.  Intent on making sure the tempo was right, he was beating time - which he continued to do after the performance was over. 

Taking his arm, the alto soloist (Caroline Unger) turned Beethoven so he could see the audience's reaction.  Although he could not hear their roaring approval, Beethoven saw their clapping hands and smiling faces.  Bowing deeply to the premiere's concert-goers, he began to cry. 

Unfortunately, the concert did not produce the kind of income Beethoven had hoped for.  Thinking his secretary - Anton Schindler - had swindled him, Beethoven dismissed him. 

Karl, Ludwig's nephew, tried to take Schindler's place.  In the end, that proved to be an even worse idea.

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


Media 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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