Yesterday was the 245th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and Google honored him with one of its famous doodles. This one showed an animated Beethoven taking some of his music to a concert hall. Along the way he had a variety of mishaps that caused the sheet music to get eaten by a horse, blow into the wind, or get stuck in trees. The viewer then had to put the music back in its proper order.
I’ve studied the three pieces that were highlighted in this doodle, and as I clicked on a page of music and tried to put it in the proper place I realized that fifteen years of taking piano lessons has taught me much. Still I struggled with this assignment. After all, when I learn music I don’t have to decipher which measure comes first. With this doodle, I did.
Once I got the hang of it, the challenge became fun. And I revisited such classics as “Beethoven’s Fifth,” “Moonlight Sonata,” and “Ode to Joy.” It was joyful.