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Beethoven Lives Upstairs

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Artist: Susan Hammond
Format: CD
Year: 1990
Length: 46 min
Age Group: 4 and up

Beethoven Lives Upstairs is the best-loved and best-selling of all our Classical Kids stories.

The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy's life upside down. Ludwig van Beethoven has moved in upstairs! At first Christoph resents their new tenant but slowly he comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. In the end he is won over by the music and true incidents from the great composer's life.

The music, all originally produced, includes excerpts of more than 35 of Beethoven's best-loved works: Symphonies Nos. 5 to 9, the Moonlight and Pathetique Sonatas, Violin "Spring Sonata," Flute Serenade, G+ Sonatina, Minuet in G+, and Fur Elise.

"...far and away the best of the lot..." - Sacramento Bee

"...draws children into another century with entertaining and literate biographical drama...the composer's interwoven into the story and comes alive." - LA Times

"This is a seamless blend of marvelous story telling and glorious exquisite, moving production..." - Calgary Herald

"Classical Kids are far and away the best recordings for introducing children to classical music." - Boston Herald

"This is a fine introduction for a child to the life and music of the great composer. Bravo!" - Detroit Free Press

"The series' masterpiece a magnificently crafted story underscored by a flawless choice of selections from Beethoven's repertoire revives the nearly lost art of storytelling." - School News Roll Call

Samples (MP3)
Track Title Length Sample
1 Symphony #7, Movement 2 2:18

2 Symphony #5, Movement I 2:31

3 Piano Sonata, Op 90, Movement 2 / Flute Serenade, Op 23, Movement 3 / Violin Romance # 1, Op 40 / Symphony #2, Movement 4 4:09

4 Pathetique Sonata, Op.13, Movement 2 / Contradanse # 1 in C major 1:48

5 Symphony #5, Movement 2 / Piano Sonata Op. 14, # 2; Movement 2 / Flute Serenade Op. 23, Movement 1 3:11

6 Polonaise; La Marmotte / Country Dance in A major / Fur Elise / Flutnuhr 3:51

7 Sonatina in G major; Minuet in G major / Violin "Spring" Sonata Movement 1 / Ecossaise; Symphony #8, Movement 2 5:14

8 Moonlight Sonata, Op. 27 #2 Movement 1 2:40

9 Flute Serenade, Movement 2 1:56

10 Symphony #6, "Storm" 2:52

11 Nel Cor Piu Variations 1:58

12 Piano Concerto #1, Movement 1 / Piano Concerto # 5, Movement 2 3:21

13 Bass excerpts from Symphony # 9 / Violin "Spring" Sonata / Rage Over a Lost Penny / Symphony # 6, Shepherd's Theme (Tremulo) 4:16

14 Symphony # 9, Movement 4 3:47

15 Piano Sonata Op 49, #2, Movement 2 1:59

16 Symphony # 6, Shepherd's Theme 0:46

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