A Final Challenge

On March 26, 194 years ago, Beethoven raised a clenched fist in a final challenge to the stormy elements.

We recently celebrated the 250th anniversary of his birth by sharing our new interactive website Beethoven, Independent Man. Today, we invite you to join us in remembering that he left us with so much glorious music and the example of an unflinchingly heroic life.

One way to salute that life is to read “Story 8: A Final Challenge,” recounting his final days. You’ll find inspiration in Beethoven’s own quotes in the Search & Discover section at the end of Story 8. Scroll to “Beethoven the Legend” for a collection of some of his most famous thoughts and musings.

6 Responses to “A Final Challenge”

  1. Elena March 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm #

    Faber and Faber have an impact on a few generation of kids who are learning music.
    I alway mention to my students about people who are working behind the scenes to enrich our experience of learning music. Thank you Nancy and Randal Faber and their team!

  2. Sarah Collins March 26, 2021 at 5:16 pm #

    I’ve been teaching with your method books for over 10 years and love so many things about them! But it’s troubling that your company continues to only promote white male composers in its books. I know the fault is not entirely yours – many women’s compositions were destroyed or claimed by men – Nannerl Mozart for example. But by not mentioning any of this in your publications you help perpetuate musical ceilings for females and people of color. Please expand your list of musical heroes broadly and publicly. That would change the world for so many young people who eagerly read your words.

  3. Jeanette Shempert March 28, 2021 at 12:52 am #

    Please do this for all the composers! I love this. (I’m a piano teacher for beginners to early advanced students, and your literature is by far my favorite choice!

    Thanks to you and Randall for sharing your wonderful teaching with the world!!

  4. Joanne Rust Stohs March 30, 2021 at 9:39 pm #

    This was so great! I shared this with all of my students last year as well as family and friends. I wish I had countless hours to explore it all myself. The links to virtual tours such as Schonbrunn Palace was so amazing. Thanks so much for doing this.

  5. Marcia Vigil Mally June 14, 2021 at 9:37 am #

    Thank you so much, Randall and Nancy, for this beautiful record of Beethoven. I finally got to see it in its entirety. Alot of work went into presenting this to us teachers and we greatly appreciate it. Randall, we last saw each other at U of W when you gave a fantastic workshop. I sat next to you and shared about teaching talented students.
    Keep up the good work as we teachers need you both. Regards, Marcia