David Hockney: I’m deaf like Beethovenmain
The artist has created an empathy portrait of the composer on his iPad on behalf of Apple Music.
He tells the Mail on Sunday: ‘I have always been an admirer of Beethoven’s work, which is why I chose to do this project.
‘I first heard Beethoven when I was about 12 and I went to the St George’s Hall in Bradford from school and sat behind the Halle Orchestra, John Barbirolli conducting Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. I was hooked straight away.
‘I often listen to a recording of Glenn Gould playing the Franz Liszt version for the piano of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, it’s fantastic.
‘Of course I don’t go to the opera or concerts much these days, I’m too deaf now – but I’ve got a lot of music in my head, so I’m OK.’
(c) David Hockney/Apple Music