From Sickness to Health:
Narrative in Beethoven's Heiliger Dankgesang

 video Duration: 58 min 34 sec
 Composer and radio commentator Robert Kapilow explores the idea of illness as a source of creativity. While most often seen as a problem to be solved, illness can also awaken an acute appreciation for the basic facts of existence, Kapilow says. Backed by Stanford University’s Ensemble in Residence, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kapilow takes a close look at Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang. Beethoven wrote the groundbreaking third movement to his String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132 in 1825 as a song of thanksgiving following his recovery from a life-threatening illness.

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Posted: 11/15/07

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