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Quiz: Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto in Films?

With the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's performance on Thursday and Friday this week of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E-flat, No. 5) featuring pianist Gleb Ivanov, the regulars here at the Cafe struck up an argument about the use of Beethoven's music from that concerto in films. And there are many films that have used it, especially the Adagio movement.

Clearly, Immortal Beloved, the 1994 bio of Beethoven by Leonard Rose and starring Gary Oldman, is one. I mentioned another from the mid-70s that used the music to extremely great effect in setting a very specific mood and tone. Can you name it and its well-known director?

And, while you are at it, can you name four other films that have used parts of the "Emperor" score?

Feel free to leave your answer here in the comments.


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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.