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Buxton International Festival

Ruth Padel

Beethoven Variations: Poems on a LifeThe Assembly Rooms - Buxton Crescent Hotelbutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

Two hundred and fifty years since Beethoven was born, prize-winning poet, Ruth Padel goes on a personal search for him, retracing his steps through war-torn Europe of the early nineteenth century, delving into his music, letters, diaries and the conversation books he used when deaf, to uncover the man behind the legend.

Her quest, exploring the life of one of the most creative artists who ever lived, turns more personal than she expects, taking her into the sources of her own creativity and musicality. An illuminating biography in verse conjures not only Beethoven’s life and personality, but Ruth’s own music-making and love both of the European music-making tradition to which her father’s family belongs, and to the continent Europe itself.

  • Duration: 1hr
  • Price: £12