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Today is the 244th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, an occasion you may wish to celebrate by watching the video below of a performance of his 9th Symphony featuring Sir Georg Solti, Jessye Norman, and the London Philharmonic. I pity the man who is unmoved by Beethoven’s music.
And now a question for the Ricochetti: Is there a musical performer alive today whose work will still be listened to and admired in 244 years? According to Billboard.com, the top spot on the chart for the past month has belonged to the song “Animals,” by Maroon 5. I confess I’ve never heard the song, and I’ve only heard of Maroon 5 in passing. Is there even the slightest chance they’ll be remembered in 200 years? In 20, or even 5? I somehow doubt it, but Beethoven’s music will live on for as long as there are people to hear it.