Bach, Beethoven And Beyond: Classical Music In Germany | Meet the Germans

Bach, Beethoven And Beyond: Classical Music In Germany | Meet the Germans

Musical connoisseurs will know that Germany’s classical legacy is practically unrivalled. This week on Meet the Germans, Rachel finds out how Germany built its musical reputation and how much Germans actually care about the genre today.

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. Every two weeks she explores a new topic – from unusual bans to meaty cuisine or haunted castles. This week: German classical music and composers.

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  1. Great video! music is endless and the legacy of german composers through time is unquestionable, nice insights and great brief idea of the subject, and great feature on female composers!

  2. The comment about Bach being rock 'n' roll is so true. One of the Bach pieces I did in high school was "Christ lag in Todesbanden". It was so much fun to see the sopranos struggle with the boring held tones while the basses rocked out with a wildly moving melodic line that was a precursor to the syncopation of Joplin's rags.

  3. The secret of Bach: he added harmony to melody, opening up an entire new dimension. That's why it is such touching music. The well tempered piano and this polyphonic stuff is also the reason why Jazz musicians are following him.

  4. So many thoughts….I started playing piano when I was four in the USA. My parents took me to Germany when I was seven to Bonn and I still remember being in Beethoven's house. As I progressed in my studies, eventually getting a degree in classical piano, I was steeped in Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and yet they were in my mind 'just' the Germans. There were also the Russians I loved and the French…. It wasn't until I moved to Germany that the absolute weight of all that came from this one small country hit me. It is such an outsized legacy and really quite remarkable.
    I am very honored to be a music teacher here in Germany.