The world premiere of Beethoven’s 10th Symphony, which has been completed with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), will take place on 9 October 2021 at the Telekom Forum in Bonn. The performance was originally scheduled for November 2020, to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony completed by AI
Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most influential and significant composers of all time, composed nine symphonies and began working on his 10th Symphony shortly before he died.
Deutsche Telekom organized a team of international musicologists and artificial intelligence experts led by Dr. Matthias Röder, to create a possible completed version of Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony with the help of AI, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The experts providing scientific guidance and supervision included Prof. Dr. Christine Siegert, head of the Beethoven-Haus research department.
The AI was “fed” with Beethoven’s compositions and the sketches for his 10th Symphony as well as works from composers and musicians that influenced Beethoven including Johann Sebastian Bach.
“I believe that the result is something truly amazing”
The project aims to show how the collaboration of human and artificial intelligence can fire our imagination. Tim Höttges, Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom, explained, “I believe that the result is something truly amazing because people and machines have created something new. But it’s important to see the result for what it is. Beethoven lived in his time. Beethoven lived in a society that was characterized by wars, by need but also by lots of love and empathy. No machine is able to do that today. However, the machine understands music and can develop it further but it cannot integrate the zeitgeist – the topic at hand if you like – into the music.”
The world premiere of Beethoven’s 10th Symphony on 9 October 2021 at the Telekom Forum in Bonn, performed by the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn conducted by Dirk Kaftan, will be broadcast live and free of charge on MagentaMusik 360 and a recording, Beethoven X – The AI Project, will be released on the same day.
Watch the free livestream of the world premiere of Beethoven’s 10th Symphony on 9 October 2021 on MagentaMusik 360.