Beethoven Google Doodle

Though it’s lost to the history books on the exact date of Beethoven’s birthday, we do know that he was baptized on December 17th, 1770. To celebrate, Google has made Beethoven the topic of their latest Google Doodle. If you aren’t familiar with Google Doodles, open up Google’s homepage and you’ll know what I am talking about. Here his Google’s preface to the interactive game:

“Even when you’re the preeminent musical genius of your generation, sometimes you just step in it. So begins Beethoven’s trip to the symphony hall in today’s musical puzzle, which Leon Hong created in collaboration with artist Nate Swinehart and engineers Jonathan Shneier and Jordan Thompson. It happens that our story isn’t much of a stretch in the broader context of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, which saw more than its share of rotten luck.”

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Your first assignment: Beethoven’s 5th


Your role is to put together Beethoven’s sheet music as he makes his way to a symphony hall for a performance. Time after time his sheet music, ranging from Moonlight Sonata and to Für Elise, gets destroyed. It serves as a fun game and an exercise recognizing these famous pieces and at times can be deceptively hard. If you want a challenge see if you can complete it without listening to the phrases!

Check out the doodle here!

-Neal Chin


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