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Beethoven and the violinist who ignored his sonata dedication

Rodolphe Kreutzer was not enamoured with the German composer’s music but his name lives on thanks to Tolstoy

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Home to Beethoven: The Theater an der Wien in 1815

Home to Beethoven: The Theater an der Wien in 1815

Home to Beethoven: The Theater an der Wien in 1815

The beautiful Blue Danube of Johann Strauss’s imagination is anything but. I remember vividly the disappointment on visiting Vienna to find the magical waterway was some way from the centre of the city of my dreams.

Unlike the Liffey that defines Dublin, and the Thames, central to London, the Danube is largely irrelevant. It’s off to the side, like the Lagan in Belfast, and in Vienna green is its colour, certainly not blue.


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