The Genius of Beethoven
In ‘The Genius of Beethoven’, Paul Rhys very accurately portrays the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, vividly conveying the loneliness and gloom Beethoven experienced throughout his life.
It is a very powerful and moving docudrama that includes insightful narration from Charles Hazlewood, a popular conductor, composer and presenter.
The film apprises us of facts about Beethoven such as the fact that he was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin who was also named Ludwig van Beethoven, who was employed as a bass singer at the court of the Elector of Cologne, rising to become a music director. His, Johann van Beethoven worked as a tenor in the same musical establishment, also giving lessons on piano and violin to supplement his income; he married Maria Magdalena Keverich in 1767; Beethoven was born of this marriage in Bonn, probably on 16 December 1770, and baptized the next day though there is no documentary evidence to support the same.
The Genius of Beethoven,