Release of Beethoven Graphic Novel Celebrates the Composer’s 250th Birthday

Release of Beethoven Graphic Novel Celebrates the Composer’s 250th Birthday

The anniversary of a symphony’s premiere, or the birth of its composer is often honored through conventional means of a radio special, or a special live performance. However, for the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, Z2 Comics in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophone has decided to release a new graphic novel that is as visually stunning as it is informative.

The book itself is a collection of comics inspired by the composer’s life and music, with work by over a dozen illustrators featured. Titled, The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology, the 144-page graphic novel shares the story of his life through various artistic styles, each bringing something different to the table.

“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,” said Deutsche Grammophon VP of marketing Kleopatra Sofrioniou in a statement. “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.”

Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology is written by Brandon Montclare (Marvel’s Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Image Comics’ Rocket Girl), with David Mack (Cover, Daredevil) providing painted cover artwork, as seen above.

The book is not yet available, but will be able to be purchased via Amazon in the coming weeks.

You can preorder this amazing tribute to Beethoven here:

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.

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