♪♫ Ludwig van Beethoven turns 240
Of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Toscanini once said, "One ought to conduct it on one's knees." It "begins in darkness and chaos and rises to a transcendent celebration of universal brotherhood," writes Michael Dirda. The composer was born 240 years ago today.
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