In the year that the 250th anniversary of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven is being celebrated widely around the world, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) is also preparing a large-scale exhibition – Beethoven. Orbits. It will be on view in the new year – as soon as the NLL opens its doors to visitors again.
"The whole life of Ludwig van Beethoven, which was inexorably and tragically affected by him losing his hearing at the age of 30, has become an astonishing story of human spiritual strength. This deaf giant of music – definitely a giant, who, according to many music historians of the Romantic era, was born perfectly formed like Athena from the forehead of Zeus. At the same time a man with a strong inner vision. This man, who is usually depicted as neglected, rough, ugly – threw away the world to fully serve his inner vision" is how Beethoven's life story is described by the author of the exhibition's content: professor Lolita Fūrmane of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
The NLL is staging the exhibition so that visitors can understand the significance of Beethoven's music to Latvian culture in different eras, as well as to reveal Beethoven's surprising connection with Latvia. Beethoven never came here, but one of the composer's friends in his younger days was Carl Amenda, pastor of the Talsi Evangelical Lutheran Church. The exhibition will feature an original letter from Beethoven, addressed to Amenda in 1815, held by Latvia's State Historical Archive. For their part, the Counts Browne – owners of Sigulda and several other Vidzeme estates – were among the first patrons of the young Beethoven in Vienna.
The exhibition has been created by the National Library of Latvia in cooperation with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
Support: State Culture Capital Fund and the Cultural Capital as a Resource for Sustainable Development project under the Latvian Culture – a Resource for National Development State Research Programme.
Public Relations Manager
National Library of Latvia
Phone: +371 26472501