Beethoven: Resources and Stories

Professional Development for Music Teachers

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1820

How do we bring composers to life for our students? In this year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Susan Deas will discuss how to help our students understand more about this great composer. Learn about where to find great resources, including pictures, portraits, and videos, and hear fascinating stories you can tell your students.

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The Grove Online

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  1. Join the National Library of Australia
  2. Wait to receive your card
  3. Set up your online account
  4. Go to eResources
  5. Search for Oxford Music Online


portrait of Beethoven

Wikimedia Commons

Many beautiful high-resolution pictures of Beethoven and related images
Visit Beethoven page on Wikimedia Commons


line rider cartoon

Line Riders - Beethoven’s 5th

An animation of Beethoven 5th Symphony
Watch the YouTube video

Dudley Moore playing piano

Beethoven’s Colonel Bogey

Dudley Moore plays Colonel Bogey in the style of a Beethoven piano sonata
Watch the YouTube video

scene from Immortal Beloved movie

Scene from the film Immortal Beloved

A fictional but sensitive portrayal of the deaf Beethoven playing Moonlight Sonata
Watch the YouTube video

cover of In Search of Beethoven film

Documentary: In Search of Beethoven

Documentary by Phil Grabsky on the life and music of Beethoven
Watch the trailer

orchestra with referee

New Horizons in Music Appreciation

A sport-style commentary of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, by Peter Schickele
Watch the YouTube video
Buy on iTunes

Suggested Recordings

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”, 4th movement (1823)
  • PDQ Bach (really Peter Schickele): New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (1971)
  • Beethoven, arr. Liszt: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Piano Transcription S464/5 (1837)
  • Beethoven: “An die Geliebte” (“To the Beloved”), WoO 140 (1811)
  • Beethoven: “An die ferne Geliebte” (“To the Distant Beloved,” 1816)
  • Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli (1823)
  • Various: 50 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli (1824) (variation no. 24 is by Liszt)


  • Beethoven (Second Revised Edition), Maynard Solomon, Schirmer Trade Books, 2012
  • Beethoven: the man and artist, as revealed in his own words (Revised edition), edited by Friedrich Kerst and Henry Edward Krehbiel, Dover Publications, 2011
  • Quotes

    “You will ask me where I get my ideas. That I can not tell you with great certainty; they come unsummoned, directly, indirectly, – I could seize them with my hands, – out in the open air; in the woods; while walking; in the silence of nights; early in the morning; incited by moods, which are translated by the poet into words, by me into tones that sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.”

    “They are incessantly talking about the C-sharp minor sonata; on my word I have written better ones. The F-sharp major sonata is a different thing!”

    “There have been, and will be, thousands of princes. There is only one Beethoven.”

    About Susan Deas

    Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching music appreciation courses for more than twenty years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan teaches piano and music theory to adults and children, and plays piano and organ at various venues around Sydney. Susan is an accredited piano teacher and musicianship teacher, and is on the Board of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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