Germany will spend 27 million on Beethoven year

The budgets have been published for the commeration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.

Culture Secretary Monika Grütters has allocated 27 million Euros and Chancellor Angela Merkel has just nodded it through.

A significant chunk of money will go to the composer’s birthplace, Bonn, which has been a bit of a ghost town since the government moved to Berlin.

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  • How I wish, wish most fervently, that we could place the same value on out arts in the UK. It’s not as though we don’t love our music as much, but the Germans recognise it and support it as an essential part of life.

  • We expect contemporary concept artists producing their sonic commentaries upon the revolutionary explorations of their great example, the eternal avantgardist LvB, who showed them the path forward to an unknown future utopia beckoning forever beyond the horizon, drawing the avantgarde for almost a century. He will be claimed as justification for the courageously unloved creative minds of today, who – in the face of the morone conservatism of audiences and programme planners – keep the flame of B’s spirit burning, and his humanist idealism alive:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1M2iwjTsM

    …… followed by enthusiastic younger generations:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnHVulua-2c

    ….. imitating LvB’s celebration of the fullness of life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoqvGLdjUhE

    … and, not to be forgotten, the brilliance where LvB’s unstoppable energy in the face of fate and resistance still inspires groundbreaking results (also in his time, audiences were conservative and did not like his new, highly original inventions):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwlCD2y2tBA

    Thanks to the loyal support by the state, this still misunderstood new music can enjoy ever further developing perspectives, and this mainly thanks to the excellent and professional promotion of the avantgarde’s classics, who were the first to stick-out their neck to the intolerant axe of reactionary audience disapproval:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LACCAF04wSs

  • We expect contemporary concept artists producing their sonic commentaries upon the revolutionary explorations of their great example, the eternal avantgardist LvB, who showed them the path forward to an unknown future utopia beckoning forever beyond the horizon, drawing forward the avantgarde for almost a century. He will be claimed as justification for the courageously unloved creative minds of today, who – in the face of the morone conservatism of audiences and programme planners – keep the flame of B’s spirit burning, and his humanist idealism alive:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1M2iwjTsM

    …… followed by enthusiastic younger generations:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnHVulua-2c

    ….. imitating LvB’s celebration of the fullness of life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoqvGLdjUhE

    … and, not to be forgotten, the brilliance where LvB’s unstoppable energy in the face of fate and resistance still inspires groundbreaking results (also in his own time, audiences were conservative and did not like his new, highly original inventions):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwlCD2y2tBA

    Thanks to the loyal support by the state, this still misunderstood new music can enjoy ever further developing perspectives, and this mainly thanks to the excellent and professional promotion of the avantgarde’s classics, who were the first to stick-out their neck to the intolerant axe of reactionary audience disapproval:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LACCAF04wSs

  • I like B’s new spelling: so much more contemporary. I’m sure he would have spelled his name like this if he had known how popular his music would become.

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