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Beethoven Graphic Novel Celebrates Composer’s 250th Birthday

A new Beethoven graphic novel reimagining the life of the legendary composer through striking new visuals will be published in November.

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The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology. Cover design: David Mack

Z2 Comics and Deutsche Grammophon have announced a new Beethoven graphic novel, The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology, will be published in November, a month before the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in December. The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology reimagines the life of the legendary composer through striking new visuals created by world-class artists. The deluxe edition of the Beethoven graphic novel will be accompanied by an exclusive double vinyl LP following the story through the composer’s own works.

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most influential and significant composers of all time. Beyond his prolific output Beethoven faced many struggles in his personal life, including tumultuous relationships and the loss of hearing which affected him profoundly, however his music is a testament to the human spirit in the face of cruel misfortune.

“An essential read for music lovers of all ages”

Publisher Josh Frankel noted, “Beethoven wrote some of the most universally recognizable pieces of music in the history of the planet. It is of course, incredibly exciting to publish the work of some of today’s well-known artists, but to have this chance to tell comic book stories from and inspired by the life of one of the most legendary artists of all time is humbling. We have done our very best to honor this by putting together what we believe will be an essential read for music lovers of all ages.”

“We are delighted to be encouraging the dialogue between the visual arts and classical music …”

Kleopatra Sofroniou, Vice President Marketing Deutsche Grammophon, added, “As one of the longest-standing record labels, Deutsche Grammophon has been celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary this year with a number of projects, including the most comprehensive New Complete Edition of Beethoven’s works ever issued and wonderful new releases with stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma and Rudolf Buchbinder. We are delighted to be encouraging the dialogue between the visual arts and classical music and hope that this exciting new project will open doors for comic book fans to discover the magic of Beethoven’s music.”

Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the graphic novel The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology which will be published in November. Readers will be able to experience both masterpieces and lesser known gems in a brand new light.

Meanwhile listeners can enjoy Beethoven The New Complete Edition, the most comprehensive Beethoven anthology ever produced, created in partnership with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, which includes over 175 hours of music on 123 discs and features over 250 of the greatest Beethoven performers.

The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology will be published in November 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.

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