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Beethoven`s DNA turned into classical music composition

London: The great German composer Ludwig Beethoven`s genetic code has been sequenced and turned into a classical composition which to be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this week.

The 15-minute piece, written for piano and cello, has been produced by Scottish composer Stuart Mitchell, who used a software which he claims translates amino acid DNA sequences into melodic tones, `The Scotsman` reported.

"Everyone expected to hear it in the style of Beethoven but the melody is almost tragic. To me it sounds like somebody fighting, struggling, a really sympathetic melody with a great deal of soul," said 45-year-old Mitchell. Beethoven was the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

The DNA sequence for Beethoven comes from the generation of families in and around Bonn in northwest Germany where Beethoven was born, a region that prides itself on its musical culture and history.

"It is the group of the family that he came from, less than a 1,000 people," said Mitchell, whose work will premiere as part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace.

Mitchell`s company, Your DNA Song, offers the service of translating amino acid sequences into "musical poems". The company has considered trying to secure access to a lock of Beethoven`s hair -- one was famously sold at Sotheby`s in 1994 -- but it has so far proved impossible.

"The software relies on DNA to produce beautiful melodic chains. Something in the genetic makeup from certain areas of the world have produced Mozarts, Beethovens, Ravels,
even Jimi Hendrix. There`s some interaction between the soul and DNA that brings out some genius," he said.

PTI

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