THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEETHOVEN
Written by Michael Boudewyns & Sara Valentine
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Production design & direction by Sara Valentine
Professor Nigel Taproot, the affable and learned classical music aficionado, invites you to an original Really Inventive Stuff program for families celebrating Beethoven, his remarkable age, and four famous notes. Featuring the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a playful peppering of fascinating facts and timely trivia. (Did you know Washington was president during Beethoven's lifetime? Roller skates were invented, too!) This enlightening performance is a splendid introduction to Beethoven's musical genius.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Allentown Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra 
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Texarkana Symphony Orchestra
The instrumentation listed represents the number of parts we will ship at least 4 weeks prior to the rehearsal.
The full shipment includes 46 parts and a script of the narration. Each orchestra may reduce or add players as needed.
Violino I (7 stands)
Violino II (6 stands)
Viola (6 stands)
Violoncello (4 stands)
Contabbasso (5 stands)
Corno I (2 stands)
Corno II (1 stand)
Clarino I & II (1 stand each)
Trombone Alto (1 stand)
Trombone Tenore (1 stand)
Trombone Basso (1 stand)
Flauto I & II / Piccolo (1 stand each)
Oboe I & II (1 stand each)
Clarinetto I & II (1 stand each)
Fagotto I & II ( 1 stand each)
Contrafagotto (1 stand)
The Life and Times of Beethoven was commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
It premiered on September 29, 2013 at Powell Hall in St. Louis, Missouri
with Maestro Steven Jarvi and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.