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In Search of Beethoven: Part 1 [electronic resource]

In Search of Beethoven: Part One traces the life and works of Ludwig Van Beehoven from his birth in Bonn, Germany in the winter of 1770 to the production of Beethoven's only opera: Fidelio Opus 72, completed in 1805. Learn how the musical culture of Bonn and Vienna influenced him, and about the influence of Mozart and Hayden. Hear performances of Beethoven's works of this period and discussion by historians and musicians.
Online
2014; 2009
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In Search of Beethoven: Part 2 [electronic resource]

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.
Online
2014; 2009
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Barockstar [electronic resource]: George Frideric Handel

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Tells the story of Handel's life as he journeyed through baroque Europe, leaving Germany for Italy and experiencing Florence, Rome and Venice, before arriving in London to begin the career that would bring him a worldwide reputation. The film shows the original locations in Halle, Rome, Venice, Florence and London that Handel himself visited.
Online
2009
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [electronic resource]: Giving a Name to Perfection

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Online
1999
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Johann Sebastian Bach [electronic resource]: Serving God Through Music

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Johann Sebastian Bach.
Online
1999
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Joseph 'Papa' Haydn [electronic resource]: The Composers' Composer

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Joseph Haydn.
Online
2001
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Johannes Brahms [electronic resource]: Keeper of the Classical Flame

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Johannes Brahms.
Online
2001
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Robert Schumann

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Interweaving documentary and fiction, this film offers a glimpse into the life of the composer Robert Schumann through his chamber music.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Richard Wagner, 1813-1883

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The life and works of Wagner, "musical genius, political hero, and racist demon"--Container.
DVD
2006; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Wagner's Jews

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German composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews - young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career. They included the teenaged piano prodigy Carl Tausig, Hermann Levi, a rabbi's son who conducted the premiere of Wagner's Parsifal, Angelo Neumann, who produced Wagner's works throughout Europe, and Joseph Rubinstein, a pianist who lived with the Wagner family for years and committed suicide when Wagner died. Even as Wagner called for the elimination of the Jews from German life, many of his most active supporters were Jewish. Why were they d [...]
Online
2013
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Franz Schubert [electronic resource]: Lieder of the Pack

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Franz Schubert.
Online
2001
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Brahms and the Little Singing Girls

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A film that exploded the familiar image of 'stodgy old bearded Brahms' - a man whose first musical experience had been playing an upright piano in the brothels of Hamburg where he had grown up, and who at the end of his life lived a bachelor in Vienna having his every need satisfied by the prostitutes of the city whom he always affectionately described as his little singing girls'. It is a celebration - of Brahms' unabashed, life-enhancing, sexually explosive music.
DVD
2009; 1996
Clemons (Stacks)
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In Search of the Great Composers: In Search of Beethoven

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In Search of Beethoven offers a comprehensive and dynamic account of the life and works of the great composer. The film features 65 performances by the world's finest musicians. In addition 100 interviews were conducted in the making of this beautifully crafted film. In Search of Beethoven has brought together the world's leading performers and experts to reveal new insights into both Beethoven the man and his music. The line-up of performers and interviewees includes Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax among others. The film is narrated by Juliet Stevenson and young RSC actor David Dawson. The film delves beneath the m [...]
Online
2005
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Ludwig van Beethoven [electronic resource]: Triumph Over Adversity

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This episode of Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics is about Ludwig van Beethoven.
Online
1999
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Wagner & Me

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Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer, but can he salvage Richard Wagner's music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler? Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique access to Bayreuth's legendary annual Wagner festival. In Switzerland he discovers the origins of Wagner's masterpiece "The Ring." In Bavaria he marvels at the fairytale castle inspired by Wagner's music, and in St Petersburg learns why Wagner fascinated Russian audiences. But Fry also confronts the composer's dark side. In Nuremberg he investigates how Hitler appropriated Wagner's music, and in London meets a cellist who played in the prisoners' orchestra at Auschwitz - where some of Fry's relatives died. What will she think o [...]
Online
2010