Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

Beethoven is grandiose and full of himself. Like a great composer. You can hear it in every delicate piano sonata, in every string quartet. Yes, we know, you are Beethoven, we got it. Now sit down please. And do something with that hair for christ's sake.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Deaf

* disclaimer (for all of you retired classical music fans who are already sharpening your keyboards eager to comment even before hearing what I have to say…) not only am I not, am claiming, or have ever claimed to be an expert of classical music, I would say most amateurs I have met know more than me about the subject.


I never got Beethoven. Yes, he is great, I know. I heard all of you say it over and over again. But I never got him. I feel like I have to apologize for that , because it has to be something wrong with me, how can you not love Beethoven? I would go as far as to say he usually bores me  but I see you are all reaching for stones and rocks already, so maybe I should shut up.
 
A colossus beyond the grasp of most mortals, with his totally uncompromising power, his unsensual and uningratiating way with music as with people. " - Yehudi Menuhin
 
Beethoven is grandiose and full of himself. Like a great composer. You can hear it in every delicate piano sonata, in every string quartet. Yes, we know, you are Beethoven, we got it. Now sit down please. And do something with that hair for christ's sake.
 
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven. "
 
Even in 'moonlight sonata' he manages to tick me off. Relax. You start nice, sounds a little bach-ish, beautiful melody creeping in, not really going anywhere but still, nice. And that’s it. The second movement is already where the HDD and violent tendencies come in…it's a moonlight sonata! Chill. Roll over Beethoven.

He is quite effective when it comes to the big numbers. The massive invasions of Poland. No, wait that was another lunatic. But you can't tell me the fifth is not exactly that… it always sound to me like a soundtrack to a date rape.
 
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman."
 
Sophisticated, elegant, and extremely dark and violent under the surface. If you go on a first date and she says that beethoven's fifth is her favorite music? run. Or stay and start collecting plastic bags and duct tape.
 
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. "
 

And don’t get me started with the ninth. If ninth was a person? I would probably leave the room when he came in, all bells and whistles, look at me! I am enormous, I am a giant , I am music incarnate. No wonder Anthony Burgess chose it as the symbol of his new form of morals and ethics, or lack off. The most frightening thing about the ninth is that when it is loud it is scary, but when it is soft and low, then it is really terrifying. The anticipation, the undertow carrying you down , carrying you into that alley, where his big brother the cymbal is waiting for you.

He is a great composer. He was a great composer even when he lost his hearing which meant he actually understood what he was doing. He is a great master of expression and of passion.

And I just don’t get him. Not my cup of tea.
I am going to listen to some bach to relax and gather my thoughts.
This Ludwig wears me out. Maybe I will make some soup.

 
Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup."