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Topic Reading-Vol.3143-11/18/2020

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2020/11/18 Topic Reading-Vol.3143-11/18/2020

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Beethoven’s Bonn: A musical tour of the composer’s home city

This is supposed to be a year to commemorate the great musician, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary all around the world. Numbers of festivals, events, and concerts had been planned and prepared especially in the composer’s birthplace Bonn to welcome music lovers from the world until the coronavirus started spreading. It’s a pity that most of them are canceled.

Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine in the western part of Germany with a population of over 300,000. From 1597 to 1794, Bonn was the capital of the Electorate of Cologne, about 24 km north-east of Bonn. It was the capital of West Germany during the Cold War era between 1949 and 1990.

Though Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 when he was 22 and spent the rest of his life there, Bonn was the place where he spent his early years and developed his personal and musical qualities. So, it attracts a lot of Beethoven admirers and music lovers from the world, and surely, a lot of those who planned to visit the town in this distinctive year must have been so disappointed. But what kind of place is Bonn?

Enjoy reading the article and photos to learn about Beethoven’s birthplace and surrounding area.

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