Defending Beethoven





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Published on Aug 17, 2011

Bernstein is wrong on the internet. Some perspective and gentle disagreement concerning Leonard Bernstein's commentary on Beethoven's musical style, with musical examples from some of YouTube's most talented musicians. Responses and polite contradictions encouraged. This is my longest upload yet - I worked on it for months, hope you enjoy it!

Here is the original video that I quote in this video. Bernstein has some interesting things to say about Beethoven, some of which I agree with. Have a look for yourself:
Don't forget that Beethoven actually was in pretty robust health for most of his life, and his composing doesn't seem to have "wrecked" anything. Also, housing was pretty impossible in Vienna during that time. Other than that, and the points I address in my video, it's pretty right on. Remember, I like Bernstein - enough to challenge when he makes a mistake.

Please view the excellent contributors to this video at their channels:
Daniel Sánchez Velasco and the Orquesta Clásica de Asturias
This is an exciting young Spanish orchestra, led by a superb composer/conductor with fresh ideas.

Brandon (last name unknown)
His für Elise was charming, but in the past 5 years he has become an awesome teen musician.

Brian Fan
This young violinist has got such a great tone, and is full of promise.

Ann Fontanella
Ann is an amazing proponent of the classic style of violin playing epitomized by Heifetz. Her uploads are not just mind-blowingly excellent music, but deeply instructive for music students and aficionados.

Dr. Sean Jackson
Don't miss Dr. Jackson's amazing arrangements for organ and piano. He's a first-class musician with a unique voice.

George Li
I've got nothing but respect and awe for my YouTube friend George and his precocious accomplishments. He is one of the most eloquent, precise, and soulful pianists on YouTube at any age, but he happens to still be a teenager.

Spencer Myer
You simply have to watch Spencer's videos - he plays things exactly how they are supposed to sound, without any fluff or ego. The result is piano making at a very high level.

Neil Rutman
Now here is a man of the world, and it shows in his highly imaginative, yet keenly disciplined artistry. A pianist with scope and daring, I'm honored to include him in the video.

Jonathan Tsay
Psychokaz is part of the reason I'm doing this video. This is for Jonathan and all young firebrands like him on YouTube. I watched Bernstein pish-tush Beethoven's craft, and then the next thing I viewed was Psychokaz blasting through the Opus 111, which in itself disproves everything Lenny said. Thanks, Jonathan, for your spirit and dedication, and for helping start the ball rolling on this video.

And thanks very much to all my subscribers, friends, and viewers! Orchestration Online is back again!

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