32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World is a global music-commissioning, performing and recording project. Curated and performed by pianist Yael Weiss, this groundbreaking project commissions new works from 32 countries of conflict and secluded areas spanning the globe, all united through musical themes from Beethoven. 32 Bright Clouds aims to harness music’s great power for unity and peace. 

All new compositions from around the world are unified by a single “Peace” motif from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, creating a cohesive cycle of works. The motif was selected because of Beethoven’s compelling inscription "A Call for Inward and Outward Peace" above the notes. Beethoven's dedication expresses the overall essence, purpose, and character of 32 Bright Clouds.

Currently being presented are new works from countries including Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, the Philippines, Syria, and Venezuela.


The 32 Bright Clouds project is affiliated with the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) corporation