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WCPE Offers Tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven

TheClassicalStation.org Airs Beethovenfest December 14-16

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (December 10, 2012)—William Woltz, Music Director for WCPE, TheClassicalStation.org, announces today that in recognition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday WCPE is offering a Festival December 14 through 16, 2012.

Here is a listing of the Festival from Quarter Notes:

14 Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture
  • 9:00 a.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 in C
  • 11:00 a.m. Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 17 in D Minor (Tempest)
  • 1:00 p.m. Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat
  • 3:00 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A
  • 5:00 p.m. Beethoven: Bagatelle in A Minor (Für Elise)
  • 7:00 p.m. Beethoven: Leonore Overture no. 3
  • 8:00 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 in D
  • 9:00 p.m. Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Minor

15 Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 15 in D (Pastoral)
  • 9:00 a.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat (Eroica)
  • 10:00 a.m. Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1 in C
  • 11:00 a.m. Beethoven: String Quartet no. 6 in B-flat
  • 12:00 p.m. Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C Minor
  • 5:00 p.m. Beethoven: Overture from Egmont

16 Sunday

  • 7:00 a.m. Beethoven: 12 Variations on Handel’s “See the Conquering Hero Comes”
  • 11:00 a.m. Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 14 in C-sharp Minor (Moonlight)
  • 12:00 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C Minor
  • 2:00 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 6 in F (Pastoral)
  • 3:00 p.m. Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat (Emperor)
  • 4:00 p.m. Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D Minor (Choral)

On Saturday you can request your favorite Beethoven here.

There exists an apocryphal story about Wolfgang Mozart’s first meeting with Ludwig van Beethoven. During this meeting, the 16-year-old Beethoven played for Mozart. After he finished playing, Mozart turned to Emperor Joseph II and remarked, “Pay attention to him: he will make a noise in the world some day or other.”

The actual date of Beethoven’s birth is not documented, but his infant baptism, also known as a Christening, held at his Catholic parish church was recorded December 17, 1770. It was customary in Catholic countries at that time to baptize infants the day after their birth.

Beethoven is the first composer to earn his living directly from his own work without being subsidized by a church or aristocrat. His piano-playing career ended in 1808 as his deafness became a detriment to his performances. Late in life, Beethoven began incorporating vocals into his musical compositions, laying the foundation for the Romantic Era in music.

WCPE’s 24/7 live broadcast of Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day can be accessed around the globe in several ways; on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, small dish home satellite reception, local cable television systems and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at: http://theclassicalstation.org/listen.shtml.

About WCPE:

With a 33 plus year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. For more information, visit www.TheClassicalStation.org or call 919-556-5178.

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