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By Mina Yang

In Planet Beethoven, Mina Yang makes the compelling case that classical tune within the twenty-first century is simply as brilliant and suitable as ever—but with major alterations that supply us perception into the key cultural shifts of our day. Perusing occasions, tasks, courses, writings, musicians, and compositions, Yang shines a focus at the Western artwork tune culture. The booklet covers an array of issues, from using Beethoven’s “Für Elise” in YouTube clips and hip-hop, to the selling claims of child Einstein items, and the recent sorts of song schooling brought by way of Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the la Philharmonic. whereas the ebook is international in its outlook, each one bankruptcy investigates the original attributes of a selected performer, functionality, or occasion. One bankruptcy displays on chinese language pianist Yuja Wang’s arguable functionality on the Hollywood Bowl, one other explores the hugely symbolic ardour 2000 venture in Stuttgart, Germany. bound to be of curiosity to scholars, execs, and aficionados, Planet Beethoven strains the tensions that come up from the “classical” nature of this practice and our swiftly altering world.

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Following the last refrain, the children’s chorus takes over the “Für Elise” theme from the piano and sings the Beethoven tune. In the video, we see black children playing musical instruments (tuba, violin, saxophone, trumpet). When Nas concludes the song with the plea “save the music,” it is the children, aspiring to do better, conveying the values of bourgeois gentility and mainstream success associated with “Für Elise,” whom he is urging us to save. ” Nas’s invocation of “Für Elise” makes the lofty heights of bourgeois culture available to the popular masses, democratizing culture for the betterment of an underprivileged sector of society, even while Beethoven represents an aspirational goal.

This fantastic series brings the arts more mainstream! . My 2 year old is a massive fan, has learnt the italian terms quickly just from the show and recognizes the pieces from the dvd. It’s funny to hear a 2 year old asking to listen to Beethoven’s 9th—and not just the parts that are known from the dvd! ” Another reviewer, “M. Haines ‘Violin Mom,’ ” also gives her professional thumbs-up: “This video (and the show for that matter) is amazing! I am the mother of a 2 year old and a violin and viola teacher.

This fantastic series brings the arts more mainstream! . My 2 year old is a massive fan, has learnt the italian terms quickly just from the show and recognizes the pieces from the dvd. It’s funny to hear a 2 year old asking to listen to Beethoven’s 9th—and not just the parts that are known from the dvd! ” Another reviewer, “M. Haines ‘Violin Mom,’ ” also gives her professional thumbs-up: “This video (and the show for that matter) is amazing! I am the mother of a 2 year old and a violin and viola teacher.

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