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Kerry Candaele's award-winning documentary Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony has screened in more than 250 cities around the world, telling the stories of the global impact of Beethoven's masterpiece to audiences from Manhattan to Singapore. Now, by making a donation of any amount toward the completion of the Beethoven | Hero trilogy, you can stream Following the Ninth direct to your home. We hope you enjoy the film, and we're delighted to count you as supporters and friends of the trilogy.

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Journeys With Beethoven - Book

Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony — The DVD

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Kerry Candaele's award-winning film, Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony takes us on a journey from the democracy protests in Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from the quest to maintain hope during Pinochet's Chilean dictatorship to the communal effort to restore hope after Japan's devastating tsunami. Each of these intertwined stories is bound by the profound and often surprising role played by Beethoven's immortal "kiss for all the world"—a source of hope and humanity even during the darkest hours.

Journeys With Beethoven:

Following the Ninth, and Beyond

By Kerry Candaele and Greg Mitchell

Two longtime rock ’n’ rollers—Kerry Candaele, musician and filmmaker, and Greg Mitchell, writer—discovered a shared passion for Beethoven later in life, and in this book they describe this deep obsession. Candaele filmed across the globe for documentary film, Following the Ninth, and now takes us to Chile, China, Germany, Japan and London (with Billy Bragg), while Mitchell travels to famous U.S. venues and interviews a leading pianist and trombonist, among others. It’s a new kind of adventure story, and a Beethoven for our time.

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Praise for Journeys With Beethoven:

“A passionate, deeply felt and altogether personal account of coming to Beethoven in middle age, after a lifetime's immersion in other musical forms. [Candaele and Mitchell] understand Beethoven's eternal wildness: As well as we may think we know this composer, he constantly surprises and reinvigorates us.”

– Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on classical music, Professor of Music and Journalism at the University of Southern California

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