Ludwig trap Beethoven

Ludwig vs. Karl; uncle vs. nephew; old generation vs. teenager; classical music vs. trap music. 10 snapshots of life + art from a timeless family.

  • Ludwig trap Beethoven - Moonlight dissing | Copyright: © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

    Ludwig trap Beethoven - Moonlight dissing © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

  • Ludwig trap Beethoven - Karl and Ludwig | Copyright: © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

    Ludwig trap Beethoven - Karl and Ludwig © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

  • Ludwig trap Beethoven - Karl and Ludwig at the piano | Copyright: © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

    Ludwig trap Beethoven - Karl and Ludwig at the piano © RSI – Radiotelevisione Svizzera

Beethoven never had children of his own, but in 1815 he decided to adopt young Karl, the son of his deceased brother. Ludwig invested enormous energy in this relationship: physically, financially, moralyl and intellectually.

Unfortunately for Beethoven, in front of him there was a restless young man who - like many others of his age - was looking for much simpler motivations and more immediate feedbacks in life.

This historical premise – provided by the “uncle vs. nephew” confrontation – is at the heart of “Ludwig trap Beethoven”, with an anachronistic variation: in the animated docufiction Ludwig lives in his time (the early nineteenth century) and speaks with the words he actually had to pronounce, Karl is instead a trapper of 2020 and their generational clash becomes epochal.

Besides the unavoidable family themes (misunderstandings, affection, complicity) between Ludwig and Karl there is a dialectic about habits, musical tastes, aesthetic and existential visions.

Through 10 animated chapters it is possible to better know Beethoven - his works, his thought, his era - with a strictly contemporary language and style, addressed to a transversal and not only specialist audience.

Starring: Ludwig and Karl van Beethoven, Elisa, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Romain Rolland

Special guests: Richard Wagner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Robert Schumann and Leo Tolstoy

English title Ludwig trap Beethoven
Original title Ludwig trap Beethoven
Genre animated docufiction
Production year 2020
Duration 52'
Production Company RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera


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