Today's Google Doodle is a Beethoven Remix Challenge

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google is helping teach the world a handful of songs from 1700s pop icon Beethoven today, seeing as it's his sort-of unofficial birthday.

The problem with giving Beethoven a birthday is that no one's actually sure when exactly he was born. Google explains that December 17th "marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism," so, for celebratory purposes including cakes, cards and internet mini games, it'll have to do.


And that's what we get, an animated musical puzzle game, where some of the composer's sheets of music has befallen terrible fates and need rearranging back into proper order. It's a clever trick to get stupid modern internet people like us to put song titles to classic tunes, with Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata, Ode to Joy and some other of his stone-cold piano legends recreated for our education.

Google rather charmingly then lets users share news of the challenge to Google+, as if it's still the 1700s in internet world. [Google]