(Photo: screenshot from Google)
The 17 December's international Google Doodle features opening bars of Beethoven's famed compositions--1st movement of Symphony no. 5, Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata, and Ode to Joy from the Symphony no. 9.
The viewers are treated to the chosen best known works by the composer where music is accompanied with short animated movies. Google added a challenge that invites users to collect a puzzle from the dispersed sheet music pieces.
Commenting on the Doodle, the Google team writes: "It’s unclear when Beethoven was actually born, but December 17th marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism. 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. Here’s to one of history’s greatest artists, and to hoping that, wherever you happen to be traveling this holiday, your life’s work isn’t eaten by a horse."
"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."
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