Beethoven Lives Upstairs
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63 of 63 found the following review helpful:
Amazingly accurate and complete Dec 13, 1999
Our family (girls ages 4 and 6) loved the CD by the same name so much that we bought the video too. We were impressed at the ability of the writers and director to rearrange the story and the music to fit a film version. I realized that I knew nothing of Beethoven and read his biography after viewing the video. Then I was really impressed to find how much accurate information about Beethoven's life was interwoven into the story. Although we prefer the CD version, I think that seeing the period costume and setting helped the girls place the story in an historical context. We are now all Beethoven fans and listen to his music with new appreciation.
44 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Beethoven Lives Upstairs Dec 07, 2000
By Nancy O'Gorman
Excellent video for children. I teach elementary school music and it puts a personal face on a distant genius. Beethoven lived a very troubled life and it puts his genius and suffering into a language that children not only understand but embrace. After watching this video they want to know more about Beethoven and his music.
43 of 45 found the following review helpful:
great for kids Jul 19, 2002
This video is (as most media works are) based on many multifaceted specuations surrounding Beethoven's life. However, there are many "theories" about the final days of his life, and this particular "theory" is clean, and excellent for children.
I distinctly remember watching it in the fourth grade, and being a classical soprano myself, finding I was absolutley enchanted with the entire idea. It sparked an interest in Beethoven's life, which, years later, lead to the reading of many a biography and viewing of "Immortal Beloved", a movie which immediatly became my favorite. Therefore, I would most definitely recommend this movie, (for children) it is succinct, clean, to the point, and for me, inspiring. Take it from one who viewed it as a child many a time, children will adore "Beethoven Lives Upstairs."
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Fantastic movie for kids of all ages and the entire family. Apr 08, 1999
We borrowed this tape from a local library and our kids (5 & 2 years old) loved it. We had watched it at least half a dozen times in a week. It gives the audience an appreciation of what Beethovan's final days were like when he was composing his last symphony.
We will buy this tape so the entire family can watch it again and again.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Beautifully made; a treasure; will be loved by young and old Nov 17, 1998
This video and the CD of same title are both beautifully made. Portions of the composer's most famous selections become part of the backdrop to the story of Beethoven's relationship with a young boy. An appreciation develops for the composer as a human being with human needs and frailties.
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