Beethoven’s life, his personality, his daily schedule, his favourite foods, and influences on his life and music will be discussed. We will examine what inspired and motivated Beethoven, leading him to create some of the most famous and popular classical music of all time. Included will be a discussion of his chamber music, including interviews with University of Toronto Music Professor Dr. Alexander Rapoport, SPO music director Ronald Royer, SPO concertmaster Corey Gemmell, and pianists Alexander Panizza, Emily Rho and Dr. Lisa Tahara.

Part 1 will focus on Beethoven’s early life and career, while Part 2 (November 13 release) will examine his mid to late work. Excerpts from the piano sonatas will be recorded by Alexander Panizza.

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