Segments in this Video

Introduction: In Search of Beethoven: Part Two (00:46)


Beethoven, 35, is Vienna's greatest pianist and composer, but struggles with increasing deafness and cannot marry the aristocratic women he falls in love with.

Psychological Effects of Deafness (01:15)

People considered Razumovsky, a string quartet, to be quite mad.

Beethoven's Emotions (02:45)

Experts discuss Beethoven's fears about deafness threatening his image, and how this shaped his personality. He channeled wild emotions through organized thought.

Sixth Symphony (02:18)

Beethoven put on a four-hour concert in 1808, presenting his Sixth Symphony ("Pastoral") which evokes nature in its great variety, calculated to overwhelm.

Piano Concerto No. 4 (02:30)

Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 begins with a theme on the piano, answered by the orchestra; an expert explains this as a significant departure.

Motive Forces (03:53)

Experts discuss the motives and internal forces driving Beethoven's music.

Last Piece Performed (01:29)

The Fourth Concerto was the last piece Beethoven played in public; losing this ability devastated his self-image. It was immensely difficult by contemporary standards.

Process of Composing (03:08)

Hear selections from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Beethoven could write quickly like Mozart, but knew he was writing for eternity and tinkered with perfecting his works.

Themes of Beethoven's Music (02:17)

Beethoven accepted a post in Castle, Germany, but was persuaded to stay in Vienna. Beethoven's music is rooted in human frailty and striving.

French Invasion (03:36)

Beethoven experienced misery as France besieged Vienna; his own music long championed revolutionary ideals. He wrote "Das Lebewhol" (farewell) as Archduke Rudolph departed.

"For Elize" (01:13)

Beethoven sought the hand of Therese Malfatti in marriage; the piece mistakenly called "Fur Elise" was dedicated to her.

Pride (01:20)

Beethoven's sarcastic letter to his patron, Archduke Rudolph, is quoted. He met Goethe and refused to follow his example in showing respect as the imperial procession passed.

Antonie Brentano (01:14)

Beethoven wrote, but did not send, love letters to Antonie Brentano, apparently a married mother.

Custody Fight (01:50)

Beethoven's brother Kaspar Karl died; despising his brother's wife, he fought her for custody of nephew Karl. He became more erratic in the late 1810s.

Life Deteriorates (01:45)

Hear part of "An die ferne Geliebte." Beethoven became more reclusive as a result of complete deafness and failures with women.

Beethoven's Thoughts (00:60)

Beethoven's description of a dream about traveling the world, reaching Jerusalem, and of the vulgar world dragging down the artist, is quoted.

Mass Missa Solemnis (04:11)

Beethoven's Mass sought to "awaken and permanently instill religious feeling." A conductor discusses Beethoven's concept of God. The violin represents the Holy Spirit.

Ninth Symphony (07:27)

Experts comment on the anxious energy in his Ninth Symphony, the emotional contrast of despair and love, and the final movement.

Last String Quartet (03:46)

A dying Beethoven felt compelled to complete his final work. Experts relate his complete liberation from convention here to his deafness; he could hear only his inner voice.

Beethoven's Death (01:37)

Karl, bullied by Beethoven, attempted suicide. Beethoven continued to hope for improved health and planned a Tenth Symphony, but died.

Beethoven's Legacy (01:05)

Beethoven reached monumental heights others thought they could not match, pushing other composers away from his model.

Credits: In Search of Beethoven: Part Two (00:29)

Credits: In Search of Beethoven: Part Two

For additional digital leasing and purchase options contact a media consultant at 800-257-5126
(press option 3) or

In Search of Beethoven: Part Two

Part of the Series : In Search of Beethoven
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $129.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $194.93
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.95



In Search of Beethoven: Part Two opens in 1806 Vienna, where the 35 year-old Beethoven has established himself as the city's foremost pianist and composer, but who struggles with increasing deafness and his inability to find a wife. Hear discussion by historians and enjoy Beethoven's works from this period to his death at age 56 in March, 1827.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL59684

ISBN: 978-1-60057-370-5

Copyright date: ©2009

Closed Captioned

Performance Rights

Prices include public performance rights.

Not available to Home Video customers.

Other Titles You Might Like