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J. Dillon
12-16-2004, 09:16 AM
Quite a bit of his great music was composed when he was totaly deaf.. In fact he first stated having hearing difficulties at the age of 20.

He never heard the applause when the mighty 9th was first played. A tormented soul but look what he left the world.

What is your favorite Beethoven piece of music ?

For me, the 9th.

Thanks Ludwig.


12-16-2004, 09:24 AM
The 3rd and the 6th.

Mike Field
12-16-2004, 09:36 AM
Sonata Pathétique.

Beethoven's been my all-time favourite composer since I was about twenty-five, the piano is my all-time favourite instrument, and this sonata is without a doubt my all-time favourite piece of music.

The world would be a vastly poorer place had Beethoven not lived.

Thanks for reminding us, Jack.


12-16-2004, 09:44 AM
The last string quartet, I think the 15th, is my favorite, and after that the 7th and 9th symphonies.

Years ago I sponsored a day on Minnesota Public Radio. Often people sponsored a day in honor of another person, so I selected my recently deceased father's birthday. My dad, more than anyone else, gave me my appreciation of classical music. Just by luck they played Beethoven's 9th symphony that day. It gives a very special significance to that symphony whenever I hear it.

12-16-2004, 09:44 AM
1770 is a long time ago...Guess he is about 234 yrs. old..Congrats.
Luckily his music lives on...
I go for the most liked...probably...the 9th.!

Scott Rosen
12-16-2004, 09:54 AM
Seventh symphony.

Piano sonatas.

High C
12-16-2004, 09:55 AM
The 9th Symphony, especially the Scherzo, and the 1st Piano Concerto, so Classical in its form, and unlike his more mature music.

martin schulz
12-16-2004, 10:24 AM
Roll over Beethoven

12-16-2004, 10:28 AM
ALL of his work is my favorite. ...the more I listen the more I like it; the more I like it the more I listen ; the more..... smile.gif

[ 12-16-2004, 10:31 AM: Message edited by: Norske3 ]

Jack Heinlen
12-16-2004, 12:54 PM
A quartet, and I've fogotten the number. Full of fire and pain, violence really, in the strings, but full of incredible sweetness too.

Ludwig was astounding. I can't listen to any of his work without being moved, strongly. I always know it when unanounced. Some of the piano sonatas, oh god.

Happy birthday. Your birth, suffering, and grace has made my life more bearable. Thank you.

[ 12-16-2004, 01:03 PM: Message edited by: Jack Heinlen ]

12-16-2004, 02:01 PM
The Violin Concerto, I heard Isak Pearlman as the guest artist play it a Great Woods, now the Tweeter Center out side of Boston.