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Beethoven: ‘Happy birthday, Maestro, and thank you for the beauty you have left us’

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, what does Beethoven mean to people and what are their favourite pieces?

“Virginia Woolf wanted to be buried to it”

  • Sinéad Doyle
  • The Irish Times

Marina Carr, prolific and award-winning Irish playwright

My favourite work is the Cavatina from String Quartet No 13 in B flat, I play it incessantly. Virginia Woolf wanted to be buried to it.

Apparently this Quartet was the last music he completed before he died.

I find it moody, ethereal, suffused with the Eternal and the otherworldly.

Amazing to think, he was deaf when he wrote it, maybe Adagios should only be written by those who…

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