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26 March 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven — 250th Birth Anniversary

Jersey: Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary, 26 March 2020. Images from Jersey Post.

Date of issue: 26 March 2020
Withdrawal date: 26 March 2022
Designer: Hat-trick Design
Sheet: 10
Process: Offset lithography hexachrome six colour proces
Denominations: 54p, 70p, 84p, 88p, £1.05, £1.18

In 2020, the world celebrates 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven was a prominent figure in the transitional period between the classical and romantic musical eras. Considered a revolutionary artist and an artistic visionary, his influence is still felt around the world today, including in Jersey where the Jersey Symphony Orchestra has performed a number of his works over the years. Taking a contemporary approach, these stamps represent a selection of some of Beethoven’s most famous compositions. Each stamp incorporates an excerpt from the musical score of the piece, a key instrument in the composition and a portrait of Beethoven himself.

Souvenir Sheet

Size: 40mm x 30mm
Process: Offset lithography hexachrome six colour process.
Denomination: £2

The Miniature Sheet pays tribute to Symphony No. 5 in C minor. This composition is probably the most well known piece of music by Beethoven, with its distinctive four-note “short-short-short-long intro. It was written between 1804 -1808, the symphony and the four-note opening motif in particular, are known worldwide, with the motif appearing frequently in popular culture, from disco versions to rock and roll covers, and uses in film and television.

Miniature Sheet

Price ex tax: £5.19

Presentation Packs

First Day Covers:

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

Postal Cards:

Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Record:

To commorate to 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven, Jersey Post have produced 200 special edition 12″ transparent vinyl records featuring some of Beethoven’s famous compositions. The record comes with a gatefold album cover containing a mint set of six stamps and a Miniature Sheet from our Celebrating the music of Beethoven stamp issue.

The tracks featured on the record are as follows:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro scherzando
Stefan Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth

Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Muller-Bruhl

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Edlinger

Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50
Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenneth Jean

To be issued 31st March 2020.

Souvenir Coin:

To celebrate 250 years of Ludwig van Beethoven we have created 250 limited edition souvenir coins featuring an iconic portrait of Beethoven on one side and Beethoven’s beloved Broadwood piano on the other. The portrait, by Joseph Karl Stieler, shows Beethoven working on the manuscript for Missa solemnis, widely regarded as one of the composer’s greatest achievements.

The souvenir coin is .999 fine silver plated and comes presented in black velvet box.

To be issued 31st March 2020.

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