|Beethoven "BLUE" (1987) by Andy Warhol|
Height: 97 cm Width: 97 cm
We decided to stop in Bonn on our way to the middle Rhine River valley from Koln (Cologne). Seeing the house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born was one of the cultural features of our road trip. Bonn is actually very close to Cologne. It was the provisional capital of Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government from 1990 to 1999 when it was replaced by Berlin. Bonn looked very industrial but as a capital, it appeared to me rather provincial compared to other capitals even though it is still the seat of almost half Germany's federal agencies and hosts several international organizations such as the United Nations.
Our GPS directed us exactly to Bonngasse 18-24 where the Beethoven house is located. Since it is a pedestrian only street, we had to find parking. There was actually a parkhaus(parking garage) across the street but because of the one way streets and no possibility to make a U turn, it took us several attempts to get there including crossing the bridge over the Rhine at least 3 times.
|The Baroque facade of the house Beethoven was born in Bonn.|
I did not expect that Beethoven's house would be located in a street filled with local store fronts and restaurants. In Beethoven's time, I imagined it to be a quiet street filled with homes of well to do families. The street was actually one of the main thoroughfares in Bonn until the late 1950s.
|The door leading to the museum|
|The gallery of Beethoven busts in the garden of the Beethoven Haus|
|Fur Elise section in Beethoven's handwriting|
While walking through the museum, the one thing that struck me is how the young handsome Beethoven was portrayed in pictures, paintings and sculptures as increasingly sulky, angry and brooding as he got older. I think he felt cursed that as a musician and composer he turned deaf. And yet, that did not stop him from composing masterful works and producing a body of work that would make him one of the greatest musicians of any generation and whose music will continue to be admired and played now and in years to come. As a giant in the realm of classical music, Beethoven's influence on all musical genres is without question.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad