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The World's Greatest Music
Katherine opens the section of her collection containing a sampling of the vast output of probably the greatest two composers ever.
'What made Beethoven special and successful was that he managed to break the highly structured and refined rules of classical composition, preparing the way for the free-flowing romantic composers who followed him,' says Katherine. For example, when Beethoven published his first three piano trios, his teacher Joseph Haydn - pictured - praised them but told the young composer to hold off publishing the third one, which was just too bold. Haydn thought that it would be a bad career move, because the music would be too hard for an audience to understand. Beethoven pressed on regardless. The trio announced him as a new and important musical voice, with powerful things to say.
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