The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was--not easy, as Beethoven has had many women in his life.
The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.
Did You Know?
Though played by a different musician in the officially released film soundtrack, Gary Oldman
is actually playing all of the Beethoven pieces he is seen performing in the film. When he learned he would be playing the lead role, he spent six weeks practicing on a Steinway piano for six hours a day in his hotel; and completely immersed himself in the music as his research for the character. In an interview with the south bank show in 1997, Gary quoted an article that said "he mimes very well" in the film. In answer to which, Gary laughed and said "I'm playing it! I can play that!" See more
Beethoven plays Für Elise for his nephew Karl, with his arms reaching around Karl's body, whilst Karl sits at the piano. There is no way Beethoven can reach the sustain pedal in this position, yet the piece is being correctly pedaled as we hear it played. Carl is not proficient enough to pedal for himself, let alone for another player, so it is not even an issue as to whether he may have been pedaling - he was not. See more
Ludwig van Beethoven
It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer.
Featured in Beloved Beethoven
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Murray Perahia See more