Anna Clyne's Breathing Statues for the Calidore String Quartet
Statues of Beethoven can be found in dozens of cities worldwide, from Vienna and Bonn to St. Louis, Missouri; Tianjin, China; and Goa, India. As physical manifestations of the composer's enduring impact, these monuments exemplify his outsize stature in the global cultural imagination. In Breathing Statues, the British-born composer Anna Clyne honors Beethoven in a less earthbound manner. Clyne describes herself on her website as a "composer + collaborator;" many of her works are collective endeavors with artists working in other media, while others involve deep engagement with the work of figures from the past. Here, she is inspired by Beethoven and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.