Ludwig van Beethoven sculptures and monument at the Münsterplatz, Bonn, Germany
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German composer Ludwig van Beethoven created melodies and harmonies which are instantly recognisable, two centuries later. Overcoming childhood abuse, hearing loss, romantic rejection and bouts of depression and alcoholism, Beethoven channelled his emotions into music. In the process, he helped to end the regimented Classical era and usher in the Romantic period.
This scene at Bonn's Münsterplatz features the Germany city's Beethoven Monument (at the back), swarmed by an additional 700 green and gold Beethoven statues. Created by German conceptual artist Ottmar Hörl, the colourful statues were placed in the square last year in the run-up to the composer's birthday. Beethoven concerts and celebrations had been planned in Germany and around the world throughout 2020 in honour of this milestone. Most have been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with a quick Bing video search for your favourite symphony or sonata, you can still take some time out to enjoy Beethoven's radical creativity.