Thanks-Giving

Thanks-giving day is near. And i want MOTA to be active again. So i’m just using this opportunity to talk to MOTA family. Here i mention one person whom i really wanna thank. And i will pass the baton to some other person in MOTA and we will do the chain until everyone participates. Hope you all will write about it

If you like music, you love Beethoven. Period (Not DOT as in Robot movie). Many times in my life I wonder whenever i hear his music. I love to listen his composition when i feel alone. Experiencing his notes, enjoying his rhythm during rain along with a cup of tea is nothing but heaven. It’s my great pleasure to write about this greatest composer who ever lived.

Not only Malcolm McDowell (In a movie “A Clockwork Orange” – this movie is my all time favorite Kubrick movie and will talk about this later) but the whole world obsessed with Beethoven’s music. Born in Germany (Cologne) and nurtured in Austria, this virtuoso pianist never failed to impress the whole world with music even though after he became deaf.

This most respected and influential composer of all time’s birth date is not known for certain, his family celebrated this only survivor of three out of seven children’s birth day on December 16.

Like most geniuses, Ludwig’s supremacy symptoms appeared in his eighth age. In 1778, he was studying Organ (a keyboard instrument) & viola (like violin but larger in size and more variable in its proportions) in addition to the piano.(Ohmigawd). His most important teacher in Bonn (his birth place) Christian Gottlob Neefe helped him publish his first composition: a set of keyboard variations.

In 1787, the young Beethoven traveled to Vienna for the first time, in hopes of studying with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(Not Mozart of Madras. Calling Rahman like that is nothing but sin. Will discuss about it later too). It is not clear whether he succeeded in meeting Mozart, or if he did whether Mozart was willing to accept him as a pupil. In any event, the declining health of Beethoven’s mother, dying of tuberculosis, forced him to return home after only about two weeks in Vienna. Beethoven’s mother died on July 17, 1787, when Beethoven was 16. (WIKI)

At the age of 22, he moved to Vienna, Austria and he established a reputation as a Piano virtuoso after a year. His first works with opus numbers, a set of three piano trios, appeared at his age of 25.

Around his age of 26, the maestro began to lose his hearings because of tinnitus make his conversation less to anyone. He can’t even hear the tumultuous applause from the audience at the end of the premiere of his NINTH SYMPHONY (Choral Symphony, no.9 in d Minor,), his most famous composing ever. (If you feel depressed some times, I strongly recommend you to hear this)

By the age of 34 Beethoven was totally deaf, and when visitors saw him play a loud arpeggio or thundering bass notes at his piano remarking, “Ist es nicht schön?” (Isn’t that beautiful?), they felt deep sympathy, and saw his courage and sense of humor. And he wrote letters to his brothers regarding his inability to hear is documented as “Heiligenstadt Testament”, a very useful documentation to know about Beethoven’s work.

As a result of Beethoven’s hearing loss, a unique historical record has been preserved: his conversation books. His friends wrote in the book so that he could know what they were saying, and he then responded either verbally or in the book. The books contain discussions about music and other issues, and give insights into his thinking; they are a source for investigation into how he felt his music should be performed, and also his perception of his relationship to art. Unfortunately, two hundred and sixty four out of a total of four hundred conversation books were destroyed (and others were altered) after Beethoven’s death by Anton Schindler, in his attempt to paint an idealized picture of the composer. (WIKI)

I seldom dealt with his personal life until now and I am not going to be that part either. But want to reveal one issue. Beethoven never married, although he was engaged to Giulietta Guiccardi. At his age of 32, Beethoven wrote a long love letter to a woman he identified only as “Immortal Beloved”. Several candidates have been suggested, including Antonie Brentano, but the identity of the woman to whom the letter was written has never been proven. (See KK, You wanna call Ludwig a lover boy :))

He suffered from poverty during later part of his life. He is famous but this period is still characterized by his lack of funds, much because his former patrons no longer could support him. Maybe the lifelong poverty is a reason for his deteriorating health and his death on March 26 1827.

The funeral rites took place at the church of the Holy Trinity. It is estimated that between 10 000 and 30 000 people attended. Franz Schubert, timid and a huge admirer of Beethoven, without ever having become close to him, was one of the coffin bearers, along with other musicians. Schubert died the next year and was buried next to Beethoven.

Ludwig had become a public figure, as no composer had done before. Unlike composers of the preceding generation, he had never been a purveyor of music to the nobility he had lived into the age – indeed helped create it – of the artist as hero and the property of mankind at large.

His works are miracles. He composed in various genres: Symphonies, Concerti, Piano & Other Sonatas (including Violin), String quartets, opera & lieder. He is viewed as one of the most important transitional figures between the Classical and Romantic eras of musical history.

Many people come and go in each and every field but very few live. People like Beethoven are enlightening the world with their supreme talents. Though he passed away more than 18o years ago, he still lives with us by his music. Whenever i hear it, I feel talking to Ludwig. Like his musical taste, his character is also genuine. I finish this document with his saying:

“Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!”

Like Beethoven said, we live happy and make others happy with whatever we have in our inner-self and talent.

P.S. While at office, restaurant, airport, hill stations, rest rooms, kitchen, study room and wherever i be, he gave me an immense pleasure through his music. The payback from my side is nothing but my own tears. Thanks a lot for your wonderful music which is directly talk to my soul. I love you Ludwig.

I pass the baton to Kavita. KK, please write about the person you really want to thank. Whether KIN or outside.

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11 Responses

  1. Will do it over the weekend!

  2. Ah took some time to read it. Nevertheless the flow was very good that i didnt feel the time delay !!!!

    • thanks buddy…

      this is not my usual way of writing (a long post)..

      try to restrain myself by posting the long documents 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing this!

    Motivation factor to pursue what you love rather than working aimlessly

    • My pleasure…

      Motivation plays a major factor in one life’s success…
      sometime the motivation comes from outside but most of the time, the inner-motivation helps you a lot

  4. Read this again

    Many people come and go in each and every field but very few live. [Learnt something new again]
    Will listen to his piece.

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