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Beethoven Festival 2019.

From 6 to 29 September the annual Beethoven Festival celebrates the city’s famous son and his oeuvre. "Moonlight" is the motto of the Beethoven Festival 2019.

Beethoven Festival from 6 to 29 September

The heart of the Bonn Beethovenfest is the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Here performances by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles give local, regional, nationwide and worldwide impetus to the preservation of his oeuvre. To the present day the festival has created dramatic interdisciplinary ties to Beethoven's past, present and future.

This year again, great musicians will perform at the Beethovenfest, it will place "original sound" next to the modern orchestral sound, and present theater and dance, education, jazz and - in any case - lots of Beethoven ...

Today Beethoven is still considered one of the greatest innovators in music history. He was born in Bonn in 1770, and in 2020 Bonn will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. The traces he left behind in the city are still visible: his birth house and the Bonn Beethovenfest, held every year in September, bear witness to the 22 years during which he left his mark on Bonn, and vice versa.

His musical genius and humanistic convictions were rooted in the enlightened attitudes that prevailed at the court of Elector Maximilian Franz; his love of nature was awakened in Rhine Valley and Bonn's picturesque countryside. Both these features resound in his music to this day.

"Moonlight" is the motto of the Beethoven Festival 2019. What at first looks like a little allusion joke: aha, Moonlight Sonata! - turns out to be a programmatically fruitful terrain! As little as the poets of all times could the composers resist the magic of the earth’s eternal satellite: the silver shimmer with which it shows the way when the sun has disappeared, transforming all proximity into distance, mysterious and uncanny.

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  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Sonja Werner/Beethovenfest Bonn
  • Klaus Bongartz
  • Barbara Frommann/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Stadtarchiv Bonn
  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn

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