New York Times

In the past, we’ve asked some of our favorite artists to choose the five minutes or so they would play to make their friends fall in love classical musicthe pianooperathe celloMozart21st-century composersthe violinBaroque music and sopranos.

Now we want to convince those curious friends to love the stormy, tender music of Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago this month. We hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy; leave your choices in the comments.

Click here listen to the best of the stormy, tender work of the composer who changed music.

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