Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol is absolutely fabulous!
The CD features many of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions interspersed with the fictional story of a little boy who lives downstairs from the composer. The boy is writing letters to his uncle in Salzburg complaining about Beethoven’s erratic behavior, and the uncle explains Beethoven’s actions by telling his nephew the story of Beethoven’s life.
By the end of the CD, you learn a lot about what life was life in the early 1800’s, as well as meaningful biographical details about the composer himself.
I’m going to be checking to see if our local library has any more of this series which includes: Mr. Bach Comes To Call, Mozart’s Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through ‘The Magic Flute’, and Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery. If not, these will be purchases to remember for Christmas!