Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Beethoven as a Kid

Before he was a music celebrity, Beethoven was the new kid in town in Vienna. He was in his mid-20s and slowly earning a reputation as a great pianist and improviser. But nobody really knew if he could write music. Beethoven was eager to prove himself as a composer so he took a toe-tapper of a tune and wrote some virtuosic variations. That earned Beethoven a spot in a heated musical duel. Find out who won and how on Mondaya€™s Performance Today