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Critic, composer, and blogger Matthew Guerrieri talks with WCRB's Brian McCreath about his book The First Four Notes:  Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination.

He begins by responding to this quote from Count Ferdinand Waldstein, one of Beethoven's supporters in Vienna:  Beethoven came to Vienna to "receive the spirit of Mozart from the hands of Haydn."

(photo by Michael Lionstar)

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