Ludwig van Beethoven

French far-right polemicist Éric Zemmour chose the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony to accompany his presidential campaign video. In light of these circumstances, the Beethoven-House Bonn together with international partner organizations issues a joint declaration directed against the abusive utilization of Beethoven’s music in extremist contexts.

« When will come the time when there will be only human beings? We are likely to see that happy time in but a few places. But we won’t see it come to pass everywhere. Centuries will go by before that happens.’

Ludwig van Beethoven, letter to Heinrich von Struve, Vienna, September 17, 1795, autograph from the Beethoven-Haus Bonn collection

‘To do good whenever one can, to love liberty above all else, never to deny the truth, even though it be before the throne.’

Ludwig van Beethoven, entry in the family book of Theodora Johanna Vocke from Nuremberg, Vienna, 22 May 1793

Beethoven societies of the world are united in a clear vision that Ludwig van Beethoven’s music is profoundly human and for everyone. His music and his legacy should never be abused by those seeking power through hate and oppression. »


Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Daniel Hope, Präsident

Malte Boecker, Direktor

ABF – Association Beethoven France et Francophonie

Dominique Prevot, Président

American Beethoven Society

Brian Holmes, President

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University

Dr. Erica Buurman, Director

International Beethoven Academy

at Le Concert Olympique

Jan Caeyers, Artistic Director

Casa Museo Biblioteca Beethoveniana – Collezione Carrino

Sergio, Giuliana e Ludovico Carrino, Fondatori

Wiener Beethoven Gesellschaft

Erwin Ortner, Präsident


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