Beethoven Walks

It is indeed, as if every tree in the countryside spoke to me, saying “Holy! Holy!” In the forest enchantment! Who can express it all?
(from Beethoven’s sketchbook marginal notations of 1815 or 1816)

Beethoven Walks is a project begun during our collective isolation, serving a universal need to better understand our humanity through music and the beauty of our world.

These walks incorporate reproductions of Beethoven’s sketches, or leaves from his autograph manuscripts, connecting those walking the path with Beethoven’s music, his creative process,  and the inspiration he drew from nature.

These walks open in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and are dedicated to the world his music shows us is possible.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP

To experience a Beethoven Walks trail, you must download the app for your trail onto your phone or other device. Download BW-Greenwood or BW-Hannum to visit the first two walks. 

Links
Greenwood Trail for iPhones
Hannum Trail for iPhones
Greenwood Trail for Android Phones
Hannum Trail for Android Phones

Detailed instructions

If you require assistance, or if you do not have an iPhone or Android phone, please contact us! Send an email to beethovenwalks@yellowbarn.org or call (802) 387-6637.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE BEETHOVEN WALKS APP?

  • The music! The playlist for your trail
  • Directions to the trailhead
  • Guidelines for walking the trail

WHERE ARE THE BEETHOVEN WALKS NOW?

Beethoven Walks at Greenwood Trail—Putney VT (BW-Greenwood)
It is our pleasure to gift this walk to the Greenwood School, where it will remain open indefinitely.

Beethoven Walks at Hannum Trail—Putney VT (BW-Hannum)
With thanks to the Putney Mountain Association, this trail will remain open through September 7, 2020.

Both of these walks are sponsored by Yellow Barn.

More information and photos from the trails

(Photos by Zachary Stephens)

RESOURCES

Images for the Beethoven Walks trail come from the following places. We invite you to peruse their libraries.

Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Acknowledgments

Banners

John Kramer Design
Howard Printing

Trail Advisor and Benches

Michael Kohout

Music Posts

Michael Kohout and Natasha Diamonstone-Kohout

Installation

Mary Frasier
Sulliman Frasier
Olivier Knopp
Natasha Diamondstone-Kohout
Jordan Renouf
Ari Slomovic
Avi Tepfer

App Developer

Ari Slomovic

Autograph Sketches and Manuscripts

Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Biblopthèque nationale de France