What are Beethoven's ninth symphony records worth?

Exhibitions / Beethoven at home

It could have been so beautiful. But after only three days it was all over. On March 11, the exhibition “This kiss of the whole world! The Beethoven Collection of the Berlin State Library ”. The Statsbibliothek has the world's most important autograph collection by the famous composer. It includes the scores of his symphonies 4, 5, 8 and 9 - the latter is part of the UNESCO World Document Heritage. Then the piano concertos 1–3 and 5, the opera Leonore / Fidelio as well as the famous letter to the “Immortal Beloved”. Almost half of the surviving manuscripts by Beethoven. For the Beethoven year, the highlights from it should now be presented to the public until April 30th with free entry in the almost completely renovated magnificent building Unter den Linden.

On March 13th, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announced that from the following day all facilities would be closed to the public, including the houses on Museum Island and the State Library. This was the end of the Beethoven show, which for General Director Barbara Schneider-Kempf has the status of an “exhibition of the century”. She still hopes that things can continue after the Corona crisis, but for now the valuable sheet music and expressive letters are back in the safe.

Fortunately, the State Library has published a detailed and high-quality accompanying volume for the exhibition, which has been published by Michael Imhof Verlag. It not only illuminates the life, work and reception history of Ludwig van Beethoven in detail. The volume also uses large and numerous illustrations to convey something of the sensual experience that the sight of the red-bound scores of the 9th symphony or the scrawly handwriting in the conversation books of the deaf composer mean. In addition, a virtual exhibition tour can be found on the website of the State Library, which also introduces the composer's cosmos with illustrative material and background information. If you also hear yourself at home through your own CD or streaming collection, you can spend many wonderful hours with Beethoven's musical world.

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