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EDITORS’ NOTES

As the first truly independent musical artist, Beethoven completely reset the possibilities for the art form. This playlist explores the great trailblazer’s most influential pieces as well as the wealth of music he inspired. Our latest guest curator is Jörg Widmann, holder of the 2019-20 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. “As a teenage clarinetist, my first Beethoven experience was early Beethoven: the ‘Gassenhauer’ Trio, Op. 11,” he tells Apple Music. “Soon after, a pianist friend (with whom I was also a little bit in love) gave me a cassette with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony—the legendary Carlos Kleiber recording with the Vienna Philharmonic—and it was all over for me!

“When the recently deceased conductor Mariss Jansons called me in 2007 to ask if I could imagine composing an overture that would be heard in a program with Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8I knew immediately that my piece would be about Beethoven's obsession with ‘Allegro con brio’ movements. The result is my concert overture Con brio, which I have included in this playlist as a homage to the wonderful Mariss Jansons. My recent string quartets (Nos. 6, 7, and 8) deal with Ludwig van Beethoven’s unique artistry as a composer of string quartets, especially the magical and utopian late quartets. I idolize the Op. 130 Quartet and consider it the ‘quartet of quartets.’ My own work ‘Versuch über die Fuge’ would be unthinkable without the final movement of Op. 130, the ‘Große Fuge.’ I hope you enjoy this (admittedly very subjective) selection of Beethoven's pieces and compositions inspired by him.” Throughout 2020, The Beethoven Effect will be regularly updated by new curators—if you like a piece add it to your library.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the first truly independent musical artist, Beethoven completely reset the possibilities for the art form. This playlist explores the great trailblazer’s most influential pieces as well as the wealth of music he inspired. Our latest guest curator is Jörg Widmann, holder of the 2019-20 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. “As a teenage clarinetist, my first Beethoven experience was early Beethoven: the ‘Gassenhauer’ Trio, Op. 11,” he tells Apple Music. “Soon after, a pianist friend (with whom I was also a little bit in love) gave me a cassette with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony—the legendary Carlos Kleiber recording with the Vienna Philharmonic—and it was all over for me!

“When the recently deceased conductor Mariss Jansons called me in 2007 to ask if I could imagine composing an overture that would be heard in a program with Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8I knew immediately that my piece would be about Beethoven's obsession with ‘Allegro con brio’ movements. The result is my concert overture Con brio, which I have included in this playlist as a homage to the wonderful Mariss Jansons. My recent string quartets (Nos. 6, 7, and 8) deal with Ludwig van Beethoven’s unique artistry as a composer of string quartets, especially the magical and utopian late quartets. I idolize the Op. 130 Quartet and consider it the ‘quartet of quartets.’ My own work ‘Versuch über die Fuge’ would be unthinkable without the final movement of Op. 130, the ‘Große Fuge.’ I hope you enjoy this (admittedly very subjective) selection of Beethoven's pieces and compositions inspired by him.” Throughout 2020, The Beethoven Effect will be regularly updated by new curators—if you like a piece add it to your library.

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