Even if you haven’t heard of Beethoven himself, you have definitely heard his music. Or at least renditions of it. Fur Elise today has been massacred to become the tune of elevators, and cars when they are in reverse gear. But there is also a chance that you have heard his original symphonies, without knowing that they were composed by Beethoven himself. One of the most popular classical composers of the 18th century, Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous compositions include 9 symphonies. Some of these have also been used in movies as a background score.
Beethoven’s actual birth date remains a mystery, but he was baptized on this day in 1770, and it is thus celebrated as his birthday. If you haven’t heard his music, we bring you seven top films that feature his symphonies. Take a look, then go back and get his original compositions, which are even better than the film versions.
If you have seen the movie, then you will remember how Clockwork Orange’s lead character, Alex DeLarge, idolized Beethoven. Here’s a scene in the movie, when the 9thSymphony was played:
Dead Poets Society
Ode to Joy has been used in many movies, and you probably didn’t even notice. Do you remember this scene from Dead Poets Society when it played in the background?
Beethoven’s music is not limited to feel-good flicks or serial killer dramas. Even Die Hard, an action blockbuster, played the Ode to Joy in one of their scenes.
If you have watched this Nicholas Cage-starrer, you probably found yourself humming Symphony No. 7, without ‘knowing’ that it was composed by the great Beethoven himself.
This Gary Oldman-starrer is a biopic on the great man himself, and thus it would naturally use his music. While the movie is not entirely true to his life, you can watch the Ode to Joy scene here:
Interestingly, some movies make it seem like every person with a mental disorder idolizes Beethoven. In this romantic drama, a bipolar Richard Gere crashes the stage during a concert performance of the 9th Symphony.
Another movie on Beethoven, here Ed Harris plays the great composer. According to this movie, Beethoven takes the help of a local music student to compose his most famous symphony of all time.
Apart from these, various other movies and even TV shows have used Beethoven’s music, original or rendered, in the background score. If you have recognized his symphonies elsewhere on screen, let us know in the comments below.