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  • ACHIEVING GREATNESS: Beethoven's last public appearance is at the premiere of his 9th Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824.

  • Alexander Hamilton and His 21st-Century Popularity: Alexander Hamilton had words of advice in a deadlocked political battle. He's now the subject of a major musical. Watch how it all started in this video clip.

  • ALONE IN WARSAW: Szpilman survives the ravages of Warsaw, and then meets Hosenfeld, a German officer who saves his life.

  • Amazing Grace: On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no longer say you didn't know'' (about the slave trade)...

  • AMAZING GRACE: John Newton wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" years after a dangerous sea voyage.

  • Amazing Mimicker - The Superb Lyrebird: The "Superb Lyrebird" is an extraordinary creature capable of astonishing feats, including hard-to-believe mimics of unexpected sounds.

  • Ancient Hawaiian History And Culture: This gives you various information about the native Hawaiians dance and music.

  • Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee "Trail of Tears": Some decisions by Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), America's seventh president, greatly disturbed Native Americans. Among the results, of those decisions, was the Cherokee's "Trail of Tears."

  • Beethoven: In the midst of a bad thunderstorm, on 26 March 1827, Beethoven dies. Even when he is profoundly deaf, this musical genius writes extraordinary music which remains popular. Who was he? What caused his...

  • Beethoven - "Absolutely Uncontrolled...": It was in the spa town of Teplitz (known today as Bad Teplice in the Czech Republic) that Beethoven began composing his famous Seventh Symphony. While there, in 1812, he met the poet Johann von Goethe...

  • BEETHOVEN and HIS NEPHEW: Ludwig becomes so obsessed with gaining custody of his nephew, Karl, that he does not compose for two years.

  • Beethoven as a Brilliant Pianist: During his performing heyday, Beethoven was known as more than a brilliant pianist. His ability to improvise was legendary, and he often competed with other skilled musicians who vied for audience fa...

  • Beethoven Autopsy Report: Beethoven's autopsy strongly suggest that liver failure secondary to alcoholic cirrhosis, associated with terminal spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, was the cause of death.

  • Beethoven - Child Composer: Escaping the turmoil in his own house, Beethoven found peace at the home of friends - Eleonore and Stephan von Breuning - whose mother (Helene) understood the growing child was fragile, needing protec...

  • BEETHOVEN in PERSHING SQUARE: Ayers finds his inspiration in Beethoven, a composer who has been dead for more than 180 years.

  • Beethoven on His Deathbed: This facsimile drawing of Beethoven, during his last hours, was made by Joseph Teltscher.

  • Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto Modern Tragedy: Just before Christmas, in 1808, Beethoven introduces his amazing new concerto. Many years later, a Beethoven-playing pianist endures a tragedy in America.

  • Beethoven's 5th Symphony - Graphical Score Animation: A graphical score animation shows how Beethoven's Fifth Symphony appears in animated fashion - with the various parts of the orchestra playing at their appointed time.

  • Beethoven's Death House: In the early fall of 1825, Beethoven decided to move into a flat near the apartment of his friends (Stephan von Breuning and his family).

  • Beethoven's Hair: Locks of Beethoven's hair, snipped from his head at the time of his death, reveals that he has lead poisoning.

  • Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament - How Deafness Impacts His Life: This is a facsimile of the original, never-sent letter Beethoven wrote to his brothers, Carl and Johann, while the composer was living in Heiligenstadt. It tells how deafness has impacted his life.

  • Beethoven's Ninth - Fall of the Wall Concert: It is said that when Beethovens Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna (on the 7th of May, 1824), the deaf maestro kept conducting even after the audience was cheering and applauding.

  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: Many fans of classical music think that the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony is one of the lovliest pieces of music ever written. Watch a performance, then judge for yourself.

  • BEETHOVEN - UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD: As a young boy, Ludwig has a difficult life so he loses himself in his music.

  • Bernstein Explains Beethoven's Fifth: In 1954, a young Leonard Bernstein makes his first television appearance as he explains (and illustrates) why Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was so revolutionary for its time.

  • CAPTAIN CORELLI: Although no one can be totally sure, and the author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" denies it, Amos Pampaloni may be the real person upon whom the fictional character Antonio Corelli is based.

  • Chisholm Trail - Cowboy Song: Cowboys of the "Old West" sang songs about their work (and the trouble they got into). This is an example.

  • COMPOSING SYMPHONIES: Although he cannot hear all the notes with his ears, Beethoven writes some of the best-known symphonies of all times.

  • CORELLI'S NAMESAKE and CONNECTION to ORPHEUS: The Mandolin is a stringed, lute-like instrument associated with love.

  • Countess Giulietta Guicciardi - Moonlight Sonata: Beethoven dedicated one of his most famous works - known today as the "Moonlight Sonata" - to Countess Giulietta (Julia) Guicciardi. His letters leave no doubt he was in love with her.

  • DEATH AND LEGACY: Ludwig dies on March 26, 1827 but his legacy exists today through his music.

  • Edison Phonograph Recording - 1888: Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph on the 21st of November, 1877 - and - we can hear it. The clip is the first "listenable" piece of music ever recorded.

  • ESCAPE: The "Underground Railroad", a network of routes, safe houses, and people, helps many slaves escape.

  • FINANCIAL WORRIES: Ludwig faces financial problems and has to find sponsors when his music cannot support him. He does his best not to become overwhelmed with worry.

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Working for his patrons, the Esterhazy family, Haydn has a room at theirpalace in Eisenstadt(in theeastern partof Austria) and atEsterhaza(innorthwestern Hungary).

  • Franz Wegeler - Beethoven Reports "I am Deaf": Beethoven's surviving letters tell us more about his deafness. He appears to have first confided his "secret" to a person he could trust.

  • FROM JULLIARD to the STREETS: Ayers is a talented student at Julliard, until he develops a mental disorder and drops out.

  • Fryderyk Chopin: Considered one of the greatest piano composers who ever lived, Chopin liked to perform for small, private audiences.

  • Giuseppe Verdi - Popular Composer: Still popular in the 21st century, Giuseppe Verdi's music is admired by both popular and classical music lovers. Learn about him (and listen to some of his work).

  • Haydn's Home in Vienna: Haydn hopes Beethoven will acknowledge he was once Haydn's pupil. Apparently never forgetting his teacher's well-intentioned criticisms, Beethoven does not fulfil that request.

  • Haydn - Video Clips from "The Creation": Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was 63 years old - and living in Vienna - when he started to compose his oratorio, "The Creation" (known as "Die Schpfung" in German).

  • Haydn - Video Clips from "The Creation": Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was 63 years old - and living in Vienna - when he started to compose his oratorio, "The Creation" (known as "Die Schpfung" in German). Still a much-loved, oft-performed...

  • Hofburg Grand Ballroom and Beethoven: When Beethoven arrived in Vienna, in November of 1792 - after he'd left Bonn for good - the city was still one of the most sophisticated in Europe.

  • JAI HO! - AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Jai Ho is a song that is meant to inspire people beginning to lose hope to keep going because victory is near.

  • JEWS IN WARSAW: Hitler plans his "final solution" to exterminate Jews, who make up 30% of Warsaw's citizens.

  • JOAN AND THE MODERN WORLD: Five hundred years later, the Catholic Church canonizes Joan as a Saint. Joan's life demonstrates the effect one person can have on history.

  • John Newton, Slave-Trader, Writes "Amazing Grace": Once a slave trader, John Newton undergoes religious conversion and eventually writes the hymn "Amazing Grace."

  • Josephine Deym - Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved?": Josephine Brunsvik von Deym was a very close friend of Beethoven. Some historians speculate that she may have been Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved."

  • LIFE IN VIENNA: Idolized by the public, Beethoven has a good life in Vienna.

  • LITTLE WALT DISNEY HALL: Little Walt Disney Concert Hall, which contains his musical instruments is the name Ayers gives his portable cart.

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