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OU on the BBC: Mark Steel Lectures - Beethoven

Updated Thursday, 21st October 2004

Find out more about Ludwig Van Beethoven in this programme from the BBC/OU Mark Steel Lectures.

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Beethoven - the statue

Mark Steel turns up the volume on Beethoven with his tribute to a man who was the nearest eighteenth-century Vienna got to not only Jimi Hendrix, but also Captain Sensible. Unflinchingly exposing Ludwig’s anger management issues and his dependence on Ceefax’s 888 subtitle service, Mark Steel sets Beethoven in his revolutionary context and reveals the quirks of his character the history books gloss over.

Taking in the revolutionary nature of the Freemasons, Haydn’s contractual similarity to Prince, Beethoven’s unusual fondness for semi-hemidemisemiquavers and his love-hate relationship with Napoleon, The Mark Steel Lectures once again combines unique reconstructions with inventive graphics to bring Beethoven right up to the minute.

This episode is filmed on location in Vienna.

First broadcast: Tuesday 7 Oct 2003 on BBC Four





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