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Beethoven’s 10th Symphony completed using artificial intelligence

14 October 2021
Before his death, Beethoven started his 10th Symphony and it has remained unfinished until now. Source: Pixabay

Roughly 200 years after Ludwig van Beethoven started working on a 10th Symphony, it has finally been completed with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI).

Before his death, Beethoven began working on his 10th Symphony and it remained unfinished until now. However, Deutsche Telekom, a group of AI experts and musicologists developed the “Beethoven AI” to help understand his style. Under guidance of the Beethoven-Haus research department, the team took two years to piece together the final notes of the 10th Symphony.

The AI was not only fed Beethoven’s compositions and his notes on the 10th Symphony, it was provided with works from composers and musicians who inspired and influenced Beethoven during his life such as Johann Sebastian Bach. Through this information, the experts and the AI finished the incomplete work.

Composer Walter Werzowa and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn turned the notation into a living composition under the direction of Dirk Kaftan. They debuted the completed 10th Symphony on Oct. 9 at the Telekom Forum in Bonn, Germany, the birthplace of Beethoven.

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