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Beethoven Festival

The annual Beethoven Festival celebrates the city’s famous son and his oeuvre. "Moonlight" was the motto of the Beethoven Festival 2019.

Beethovenfest (Fahnen)

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.

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" was the motto of the Beethoven Festival 2019. What at first looked like a little allusion joke: aha, Moonlight Sonata! - turned out to be a programmatically fruitful terrain!

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  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Sonja Werner/Beethovenfest Bonn
  • Klaus Bongartz
  • Stadtarchiv Bonn
  • City of Bonn
  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn

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