The Emotional Creativity Of Ludwig Van Beethoven — страница 3

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your happiness…may you be so! .(Mason This passage describes Beethoven s feelings about his ever growing deafness. The deafness that was then the ruler of his dark emotions may have been caused by his father beating him on his ears when he made mistakes at the piano. In march 1795 Beethoven appeared in his first public concert at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Beethoven s self-critical attitude can be seen in how long he waited until he could perform publicly. This also shows how apprehensive Beethoven was about his approaching deafness and keeping it a secret.(Schmidt-G rg 17) By 1803 Beethoven s hearing was almost completely gone. During the past few years he had been carrying around ear trumpets to help him hear. But the ear

trumpets were not helping anymore(Schmidt-G rg 20). Ludwig began complaining to his friends about his failing hearing and now carried around a small chalk board so he could communicate(Immortal Beloved). In November 1815 Beethoven s brother Karl died. When Karl died he left behind a son. Karl s son, also named Karl, was entrusted to Beethoven because his mother was incapable of caring for him due to her disagreeable lifestyle. Young Karl became Beethoven s only care in the world. All of his composing stopped. In 1818 a young law student named Anton Schindler came to be in Beethoven s social circle. He became a faithful helper and friend to Beethoven and also helped in the care of young Karl.(Schmidt-G rg 24) The music Beethoven wrote has many themes, but one theme that is always

present is that of an overbearing, demanding father and a timid, temperate son. In Christ on the Mount of Olives Beethoven views Christ s crucifixion as a sad but necessary submission to his father s will. The theme of the self-sacrificing son has its own possibilities of profundity and, in view of the shape of his own early biography, surely touched Beethoven deeply. O my father, oh see I suffer greatly; have mercy on me…Father! deeply bowed and weeping, thy son prays to thee…he is ready to die the martyr s death so that man, man, whom he loves, may be resurrected from death and live eternally… (Solomon 191) These passages relate to Beethoven s inner feelings about the way he was treated as a child. Beethoven s music is enhanced with melodramatic motifs and underlying

themes. His catchy melodies contain many patterns and redundancies(Oestreich). In the first symphony he wrote there are many classical elements that are not seen in the ninth symphony(Lipman 53). Beethoven s first was dedicated to Baron Von Swiethbegar in 1794. This great work is called the swan song of the 18th century because it contains a happy, cheerful motif(The World of Music 138). Symphony number two was dedicated to Prince Lichnowsky. This piece was strikingly modern and embodied new, more romantic styles. In this work Beethoven deviates from the accepted styles of Mozart and Haydn. This symphony is thought to symbolize Beethoven s struggle against deafness. In a Beethoven symphony we hear the passions of all human passions and emotions; joy, sorrow, love, hate, fear,

hope, and so on, in innumerable shades and graduations, but all as it were abstract and without particularization; we hear simply their form without substance, as in a purely spiritual world. (The World of Music 136) In Symphony number three, called eroica , you can see the theme of heroism. This symphony was written at the height of the French Revolution when Napoleon Bonaparte stood for the freedom of the French people. When Napoleon declared himself emperor of all he had won in battles Beethoven was very angered and changed the dedication from Dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte to In memory of Napoleon Bonaparte to show his regret that the young general had become exactly what he fought against(Immortal Beloved). Symphony number five, perhaps Beethoven s most famous symphony, was

dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz. This great work is thought to represent fate knocking with its famous opening four notes; three short and one long. This symphony reflects Beethoven s innermost thoughts and his secret pain. it is thought to be the outbreak of a rage, too long held in.(The World of Music 140) Beethoven s music was transitional between Baroque music, which seeks stability in art, and a more romantic age where emotions rule(Mason If you hear a marching band, you march. If you hear a waltz, you dance. If you hear a mass, you take communion. It is the power of music; to carry one directly into the mighty state of the composer. The listener has no choice, it s like hypnotism… (Immortal Beloved). Symphony number