Google treats visitors to its homepage with a musical and fun doodle featuring the works of renowned musician Ludwig van Beethoven, in honour of his 245th year of baptism. The search engine designed an interactive musical puzzle that lets users help Beethoven piece together his masterpieces as he goes on a trip to the symphony hall. It features his classic works “Fifth Symphony,” “Fur Elise,” “Moonlight Sonata” and “Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy).”
As Beethoven travels to the symphony hall in time for the big crescendo, the musical genius encounters a series of unfortunate events. It includes his pieces being eaten and trampled on by a horse and being submerged in the Rhine River.
Users are asked to help the master composer proceed to the next step by correctly putting together each piece of his work until a perfect harmony is achieved. At the end of the puzzle, when all songs have been successfully finished, Beethoven will be shown conducting an orchestra in front of an audience.
The musical puzzle was created by Leon Hong in collaboration with artist Nate Swinehart and engineers Jonathan Shneier and Jordan Thompson.
“Today provided us a rare opportunity to construct a game in step with beautiful music, whose evocative moods, drama, lightness, and depth made conjuring visuals to match it rollickingly fun,” Google said in a statement.
It added that the plot of the mini-game may be symbolical of Beethoven’s real life, which was also filled with unfortunate circumstances.
According to Biography.com, Beethoven’s personal life was marked by a struggle because of his deafness. “Some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear,” the site said.
History books also report that Johan, Beethoven’s father, is an alcoholic who worked as a mediocre singer in the Elector’s court. When Beethoven was just 10 years old, he was pulled out of school by his father to work.
In addition, Beethoven had to deal with the premature deaths of his two siblings, and he became the man of the house while he was still in his teens. He also experienced having his heart broken twice from unrequited lovers, which supposedly inspired his masterpiece, “Fur Elise” and “Moonlight Sonata.”
However, Beethoven did not let all his misfortunes affect his music. Mozart was reported saying, “One day, [that boy] will give the world something to talk about.”
Source: YouTube/Google Doodle
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