Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beethoven and the 'Band of Brothers'

I might be an oddball, but the highlight (for me) in the tremendous HBO series Band of Brothers from a few years back was this little segment featuring the 6th movement of the opus 131--just about the greatest two minutes in the history of Western music--played by a quartet amidst the aftermath of American troops routing the Nazis.   The climax arrives when one GI suggests this is Mozart, but Ron Livingston (far from Office Space) sternly corrects him, "That's not Mozart... that's Beethoven."

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