Gosh, I’ve come across this Beethoven video twice today, so I thought I would share. I actually took a course on Beethoven and his symphonies, but I feel detailing that would drive you to tears…..or eggnog. I’ll make this short.
It can be easily said that Beethoven was a revolutionary; politically and musically. I do believe that the most interesting people in history are the most scrutinized and Beethoven’s no exception….
Back in the day, his daddy didn’t give him a crackin; he boxed his ears. This led to the deterioration of his aural abilities. Did this deter him? Nah.
B. (Beethoven, not Joseph) was fiercely independent. He dedicated his 3rd symphony to Napoleon. When Napoleon pulled a Morsi, B. got ticked and deleted the dedication. Interestingly, Schiller’s poem (B.’s inspiration) was originally an ode to freedom. I reckon he didn’t feel safe in those times publishing anything anti-government (Big brother’s been around longer than ya think!)
If you have read this far, I’m thankin my lucky stars (or the eggnog!) I suppose I should be more detailed, but I think you already know that B. lived during the French Revolution and that his life was affected in a profound way by it. So what of his boxed ears, then? Well, they started failing him…..
When B. wrote his 9th symphony, he showed his revolutionary spirit by throwing vocals into it (Never been done before. Oh, the shame!) Almost forgot: He was also completely deaf when he wrote and conducted it. Did this deter him? You tell me.