Couldn’t make it to Phil Grabsky’s In Search of Beethoven so I sent along a musical friend who agreed to be interviewed later in the day.
MF (musical friend): Went to that movie as a your music envoy—it was good, but I’m not sure how it would be if you were not a music type. It makes the case for Beethoven changing EVERYTHING.
ME: Well, did he?
MF: Yeah, pretty much—at least I’ve always believed that.
ME: What about the quality of the production?
MF: Beautiful shots of Vienna and Bonn and otherwise very nice camera work. The interviews were really good too and all the accompanying music—divine.
ME: What kind of people did they interview?
MF: Conductors, pianists, violinists and historians. Funny, no composers!?? [my musical friend is a composer]. That’s kinda lame.
ME: Would you recommend it to your musical friends?
MF: Yes, for sure.
ME: What about a person like me who only hangs around with musicians? Was the movie too academic?
MF: At first blush, it’s pretty dense, but I’m so polluted that I’m not sure. I guess if you love music, love Beethoven—probably you can’t get enough. Even if you’re not a musician.
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