Digital Film Screening In Search of Beethoven

Statue of Beethoven, Bonn. In Search of Beethoven © Seventh Art Productions

Fri, 05/22/2020 -
Mon, 05/25/2020

4:00 PM - 11:59 PM


LUDWIG VAN: A cinematic celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday

A digital film series by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City
Our Digital Film Haus is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a series featuring various documentaries about LUDWIG VAN. Each film focuses on a different aspect of the composer’s work and life to explore influences and interpretations of his unforgettable music.
In Search of Beethoven
By Phil Grabsky
Netherlands, 2013
139 min
Phil Grabsky, whose award-winning film In Search of Mozart has received worldwide acclaim, addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness and who searched for his ‘immortal beloved’ but remained unmarried. It delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting.
In Search of Beethoven brings together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this legendary composer. The line-up of performers and interviewees includes Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax among others.
This wasn’t a composer who was just translating personal torment into art. It was a human being who was operating on an otherworldly level.“ – The New York Times
The film will be available to stream on Vimeo from Friday, May 22nd at 4:00 pm (CDT) to Monday, May 25th at 11:59 pm (CDT).
Please send an email to for the Vimeo link and the temporary password.

After enjoying the film, please join us for a Happy Hour Q&A with director Phil Grabsky on Sunday, May 24th at 3:00 pm (CDT). The talk will take place on Zoom, Phil will join us from England. More here.