WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Graham Parker, vice president of WQXR, and WQXR’s Elliott Forrest give details about the upcoming Beethoven Awareness Month,  which includes a “Where’s Beethoven?” photo contest and a 12-hour marathon of Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed by some of classical music’s brightest rising stars, including Joyce Yang and Jonathan Biss in Greene Space.


Elliott Forrest and Graham Parker

Comments [3]

Marie O'Connell from Queens New York

I want to thank WQXR for Beethoven Awareness month in November. I am a music teacher and a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for Music. I want to share with you how I have been using Beethoven Awareness month. My 4 Boyscouts from troup 153 In Douglaston New York were given the assignment as part of their listening portion of the music merit badge to listen to WQXR this month and note the Beethoven pieces played. I have also been using it at the schools that I teach music in to make the children aware of classical music. Please continue this fine tradition as it links our children with classical music outside of the classroom and helps to "spread the word." I also play Beethoven pieces for them ask them to close their eyes and when the piece is over tell me what they saw or visualized WOW.....thank you WQXR. Marie O'Connell, "Mrs.O" music teacher, Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, Summit School, Temple Beth-El Nursery School, Christ Our Savior Nursery School, Music Merit Badge Counselor troup 153 Douglaston Queens and music director, Buckley Country Day Camp Summer program.

Nov. 09 2011 01:38 PM
Morgan Zee from The Bronx, NY

@Bjs -
Do you really think playing Beethoven is dumbing down classical music ? This might come as a shock to you, but unlike you, there are people who have not heard every piece by Beethoven. There are even people , like myself, who enjoy hearing pieces more than once, especially when performed by different musicians. If hearing Beethoven's music is so irksome to you, I'm sure you can find something else to listen to in what I'm sure is your extensive collection of recordings, and if you cannot, there is always Pandora . Enjoy your selections.

Nov. 02 2011 05:39 PM
Bjs from Greenwich Village

Why does WNYC/WQXR feel it necessary to dumb down classical music? And does Beethoven Awareness really need to be raised? How about Monteverdi awareness, or Poulenc awareness?

WNYC FM (Steve Post and Sara Fishko, that is) played WONDERFUL music, but now that classical music on NYC FM is gone, and WQXR belongs to WNYC, the playlist seems to have shrunk to the old QXR warhorse collection--oh yes, minus virtually any vocal music, early music, or anything at all interesting.
Cue "The Pines of Rome" . . . again . . .

Nov. 01 2011 01:35 PM

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