Composer of the month: June

The catalogue of classical music is massive. It’s hard to know where to start. Over the past couple of years I have been listening on and off to pieces in a mostly random way. But I still really didn’t know anything about them, or about their composers. As part of this journey into the classical world I’ve decided to immerse myself in a different composer every month. Each week of that month I’ll look at a popular or interesting piece and the story around it. It’ll be their story and my story.

June’s composer is probably the most well-known among the popular music world. He’s claimed to have had a massive influence on the composers who came after him and also to have changed the way the public viewed the function of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven

painting of beethoven with music score

ANZAC Tribute: Beethoven’s Ninth

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Friday 24 April, 2015


From The Last Post ringing through a silent throng of people to a hundred-strong choir ringing out joy to an emotional audience, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s ANZAC Tribute was poignant and fitting. Their focus on unity was refreshing. The MSO Chorus was the highlight, with Schiller’s Ode to Joy in the final movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 a triumphant finish and showing us that music is, after all, the universal language.


Ears Wide Open Concert One: Beethoven – incidental music to Egmont

Richard Gill and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Tuesday 3 March, 2015

It is no surprise that the Ears Wide Open series have become a popular annual event for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. With Richard Gill at the helm, the first in a triplet of concerts, Beethoven — incidental music to Egmont provided an insightful and passionate glimpse into a gifted composers work and the intricacies of a live orchestra.