Dec 16 2013

Everybody Loves Beethoven

Published by at 7:20 am under Books & Events,Vocalizations

Beakie the starling talks on the phone (screenshot from YouTube video)

Today is Beethoven’s 243rd birthday and we’re celebrating on Classical WQED-FM with (nearly) All Beethoven, All Day.

Beethoven’s music is so popular that birds learn to sing it.  Click on the photo above to watch a pet starling whistle his favorite Beethoven symphony over the phone.

Can you identify the symphony?

(screenshot from YouTube video)

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Everybody Loves Beethoven”

  1. Mary Ann Pikeon 16 Dec 2013 at 10:13 am

    Symphony No. 6, Pastorale, if I’m not mistaken. I didn’t realize starlings were such good mimics.

  2. Allen Janison 16 Dec 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Freude, schöne Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium—last movement of the ninth.

  3. Janet Campagnaon 16 Dec 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Now you’re confusing me. Watching this on my phone, where I use Beethoven’s 6th as my ringtone.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 17 Dec 2013 at 5:14 am

    Our classical music experts at WQED-FM have confirmed it is the Pastoral Symphony, #6

  5. Jennyon 23 Jan 2014 at 12:27 am

    Isn’t it the slow movement of the 6th that ends with overlapping calls of yellowhammer and cuckoo (oboe and clarinet)? I believe Beethoven could hear birdsong even after it became hard to understand speech–or at least, he remembered how it goes.

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