The ‘Immortal Beloved’ and A Red Letter Day in the History of Western Music

Friday, May 7 1824. “That evening in Vienna, a work was premiered whose manuscript has since become part of the UNESCO “Memory of the World”: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”  Ironically, according to the author’s note, it is the written manuscipt that has been so venerated, not the music itself. “None of the two thousand attendees could […]