In Search of Beethoven takes a comprehensive look at the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) through historical research and letters—with the emphasis always on the performance and interpretation of his music. From early piano concertos through “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise,” and the immortal notes of the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Beethoven’s music remains as beloved, popular, and relevant as any work of art has ever been.
This documentary brings together leading performers and experts to reveal new insights into the celebrated composer. Above all, In Search of Beethoven addresses the central myth of Beethoven’s life and work─that of the heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome the tragic fate of being struck down by deafness in his prime—a man who searched for his elusive, eternal “immortal beloved,” yet was never to attain lasting happiness.
• Saturday, January 11, 5 p.m. | Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet presents a gallery concert inspired by In Search of Beethoven.