Wednesday January 15, 2014

A new documentary looks at the global impact of Beethoven's ninth symphony

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Chilean poet Isabel Lipthay with Kerry Candaele at Beethoven's grave

The Ninth was Beethoven's final symphony. And it's a piece of music that has touched the lives of people around the world, including the life of Vancouver-born filmmaker, Kerry Candaele. 

Mr. Candaele has been fascinated by the composition for years. So much so that he's made a documentary looking at the music's global impact. His film is called "Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony" and it looks at how the music has touched people living in Japan and Europe, brought hope to those suffering under General Pinochet's regime in Chile, and how it was played as an act of defiance during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen square in China.

Listen to Carol's interview with filmmaker and Beethoven-lover, Kerry Candaele, from Venice, California. You can find out more information about the film here.