Beethoven At 250

December 16, 2020 will mark the sestercentennial of the birth of that most iconic of classical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Despite being toxically irascible (he had severe health problems for most of his life, in addition to his deafness), LvB created soaring, inspirational, life-affirming and supremely innovative compositions that ushered in the Romantic era of classical music. These works of genius remain as beloved today, perhaps even more so, than they were during his lifetime, which was brought to its unhappy conclusion by cirrhosis of the liver. Greenwich Library enables you to listen to virtually everything Beethoven composed. You can stream his works to your computer or portable device for free using two of our subscription databases: Naxos Music Library and Hoopla. Both offer a wealth of music by Beethoven, with the former providing biographical material and study guides in addition to the recorded music. They may be the perfect antidote to social distancing and the other restrictions we are all confronting. (The photo on the left is a statue of Beethoven located in NYC’s Central Park.)

  • Interested in reading more about Beethoven, his legacy and life? Check out this list of eBooks available in the Greenwich Library Digital Collection.
  • Interested in hearing more of Beethoven music? Check out this list of Downloadable Music available from Hoopla, part of the Greenwich Library Digital Collection.

Why not try to find other unique Beethoven references located in Greenwich?

  • Click the following link: Historical Greenwich Newspaper Collection
  • Select “remote access”
  • Enter your library barcode #
  • Explore the single search bar or use the filters to locate fully digitized images of the Greenwich Time from 1877-current [Internet Explorer is recommended]