Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”

In May of 1809, Napoleon’s army began to besiege Vienna.  Despite this, a 39-year old Beethoven refused to leave the city, instead seeking shelter underground. Once the bombardment had ended, Beethoven was able to leave the city – and more importantly, his creative powers had not been diminished by the experience.  When he was able to resume his compositional activities, the composer produced back-to-back masterpieces in the key of E-flat: one was a “Harp” quartet, the other, his fifth and final Piano Concerto, with the subtitle “emperor”. [Photo: public domain; http://bit.ly/2ggKM9g]

Air Date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:00pm