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Beethoven At 250 Classical Music’s Greatest Revolutionary Sandy Burnett Thursday 19 March 2020

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770, Sandy guides us through the life and work of this brilliant, cantankerous, visionary and astonishingly original composer, a man who tore up the rule book of classical music. Beethoven's  exact birth date is unknown but the anniversary year will officially launch on 16th December 2019 and will continue until 17th December 2020 marking the 250th anniversary of his baptism.

Visual illustrations include a selection of contemporary portraits, while musical examples are drawn from his genre-busting piano sonatas, quartets and symphonies, and from the revolutionary opera Fidelio. Beethoven was a true Romantic artist, or as he preferred to describe himself, a ‘poet in sound.

A modern logo for a radical artist

The absence of vowels in the logo, BTHVN2020 shown on the right, gives a modern twist to the composer's famous name. "Beethoven is a brand." As trendy as the idea appears, it actually comes from the composer himself: That's the way he signed some of his works, shortening his name to Bthvn. The famous Beethoven portrait painted by Joseph Karl Stieler appears behind the capitalized letters.

 

Sandy Burnett.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on Radio 3.

Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world. He is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.